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(Slate)   What do the best selling books on Amazon for 2013 tell us about America? Well, let's be honest -- nothing that's going to surprise you   (slate.com) divider line 21
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2013-12-26 02:24:58 PM
7 votes:
What I learned is that whatever you read, from self-help to The Great Gatsby, a certain Slate columnist will find fault with it and mock you, your taste, and all that you represent.
2013-12-26 02:17:57 PM
5 votes:
Well, I did learn that somebody from Slate had a deadline to meet.
2013-12-26 02:30:16 PM
4 votes:
On the bright side, at least people are reading.
2013-12-26 02:44:20 PM
3 votes:

uknowzit: Say's more about the type of people that order from Amazon then anything.


Actually, it says more about the type of people who still order physical books. The ebook bestseller list is almost entirely different.

//And the DSM-5 is an essential professional reference material. Slate writer knows better.
2013-12-26 02:23:58 PM
3 votes:

www.allamericanblogger.com

2013-12-26 03:21:47 PM
2 votes:
I learned American bloggers can half-ass an article in a way that makes them look lazier than the people they're making fun of.  Way to say nothing about nothing Slate.
2013-12-26 03:16:52 PM
2 votes:
global3.memecdn.com
2013-12-26 02:41:48 PM
2 votes:
Why are people ordering the DSM-5? Good Lord, people are hard up to have a mental illness (or explain away their stupid behavior... "I'm not a drama queen, I have Histronic Personality Disorder!"
2013-12-26 02:36:05 PM
2 votes:
A lazy attempt, even by listicle standards
2013-12-26 02:09:36 PM
2 votes:
OK
That list made me really sad.

America, land of the bat shiat crazy.
2013-12-27 03:36:35 PM
1 votes:

hasty ambush: Marshmallow Jones: hasty ambush: 1. The Great Gatsby sucked and blew, both book and movies

Oh shut the fark up.   Bashing an example of classic literature doesnt make you smart, it makes you a boring contrarian BS artist.   Just because the story wasn't took your liking (sorry, no superheroes or wizards in this one), Fitzgerald made the English language his biatch in that book.  Storyteller?  Maybe so-so.  Wordsmith?  Farking amazing.

Just because it has been designated classic by "them" whoever they are does not mean I have to like it. You seem to like it because it is designated a classic. It was basically a bunch of whiny people lamenting their lot in life. How it got designated classic is beyond me.


You see, I don't understand this thinking.  For example, I don't like the book either, but I appreciate its influence, writing style, themes etc, even though I don't like the characters.  I also don't like it for being a classic.  I just don't think it is utter tripe because I don't like it.  But I do get why it is a classic.

It's the same way I feel about jazz.  Totally not my thing.  Never really got into it, but I do see why some consider it one of the great musical art-forms.
2013-12-26 05:29:19 PM
1 votes:

durbnpoisn: jjorsett: What I learned is that whatever you read, from self-help to The Great Gatsby, a certain Slate columnist will find fault with it and mock you, your taste, and all that you represent.


After reading the list, I went to Google Play to see if they have The Great Gatsby as one of their free ones.  They don't.  It costs $4.

I'm sorry, but that's ridiculous.  It's an electronic book.  The guy who wrote the original died over 70 years ago.  How do they have the right to be selling it?!

I guess I'll have to go to the old fashioned library if I want to read it.


The Great Gatsby is under copyright in the United States until 2021. That's how Google Play has the right to be selling it.

You can legally download the book in every country in the world except seven. The United States is one of those seven.
2013-12-26 04:32:56 PM
1 votes:

Walter Paisley: cgraves67: I rather like Rick Riordan's books. It makes ancient Greek and Roman culture palatable for young readers.

I'm all for introducing young readers to classical mythology, but what I can tell from Riordan's work, how he portrays the gods is so inaccurate that they might as well be from an entirely different pantheon. Kids would be better off starting with Padraic Colum's books, which are simply portrayals of myths in language targeted toward younger readers. Not to mention that they contain great illustrations by Willy Pogany. Here's The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tale of Troy on Project Gutenberg, including the illustrations: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16867/16867-h/16867-h.htm


read Edith White for Greek Mythology light.
2013-12-26 03:36:51 PM
1 votes:

ronaprhys: Does someone have an equivalent list for the EU?  Without some sort of standard to measure it against, it's hard to give a damn.


Here's the amazon.co.uk list

The Fast Diet - Michael Mosley
Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography - Alex Ferguson
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Demon Dentist - David Walliams
The Hairy Dieters - Hairy Bikers
Inferno - Dan Brown
Minecraft: The Official 2014 Annual
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food - Tom Kerridge
2013-12-26 03:00:19 PM
1 votes:
2013-12-26 02:51:27 PM
1 votes:
I'm surprised a book with Charles Krauthammer's face on the cover can sell even a single copy.

www.slate.com
2013-12-26 02:28:06 PM
1 votes:
It tells me crazy people need constant reassurance that their craziness is okay.
2013-12-26 02:25:22 PM
1 votes:
Let's see...I bought Jon Stewart's book "Earth" for my mother, "Marine! The Story of Chesty Puller" for a Marine Veteran friend and Malala's book for myself. I didn't see any of those on their stoopid list so I guess I'm sane?
2013-12-26 02:24:23 PM
1 votes:
The list just makes me sad that I don't have a Amazon's best selling book yet.

/Well, I never wrote one, but the list make me realize that I don't need to be a writer, or need to know anything. It seems so easy, makes me wonder why I'm not taking that chance.
2013-12-26 02:20:53 PM
1 votes:
Say's more about the type of people that order from Amazon then anything.
2013-12-26 02:20:14 PM
1 votes:
I rather like Rick Riordan's books. It makes ancient Greek and Roman culture palatable for young readers.
 
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