As for persons “branding” themselves, it’s ironic that they’re sacrificing precisely the quality that brands are trying to co-opt. I don’t have to pretend I’m a person. I am a person.
After more than five years of reading, writing, and touting e-books, I finally bought an e-ink reader. The price and form factor were finally right. I became jealous of my fellow commuters with their little postcard-sized tablets. I don’t want to alienate anyone, so I’ll just say that the reader I selected begins with a “K.” Or maybe ends with a “k.” (Sorry, Sony.)
It is with a heavy heart but pitiless, unrelenting patriotism that I announce that I — like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, and Rudy Giuliani — will not seek the Republican nomination for president.
I’d like to stipulate, going forward, the following: we all create jobs. Employees create value. Employers pay wages. Employees spend wages. Employers add jobs. Just because employers appear last in this cycle doesn’t make them any more responsible for job creation than employees. We’ve mistaken the proximate cause of jobs for the ultimate cause and, in so doing, mistaken the cash box for the U.S. Mint.
In this week’s Plus Ça Chat, I talk to Joyland co-founder Brian Joseph Davis, who published my story collection Why They Cried.
My story collection Why They Cried has been available — exclusively as a Joyland eBook from ECW Press — for one year. I want to share some lessons learned, but first, here’s how I got here.
Here’s a scenario I imagine unfolding in the not too distant future. A game junior representative from some GOP district in the hinterlands charges onto the floor of the House and demands that funding be cut off to HBO. It will be sad when he finds out that HBO is, in fact, a private company.
With neither sarcastic sniffs nor youthful sentimentalism, I’d like to register my support the Occupy Wall Street protesters. If their only message were that business needs to be regulated, I would support them, because — for me — that’s the bottom line of our current financial crisis. Business must be regulated. The sweet, Reagan-era whispers that we could deregulate everything and trust business to take care of our needs have proven false.
Here’s the (imperfect) video of yesterday’s Plus Ça Chat with Geoff Klock. We talk about Wonder Woman.