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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   ( divider line
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2013-12-26 02:17:57 PM  
4 votes:
Well, I did learn that somebody from Slate had a deadline to meet.
2013-12-26 02:21:42 PM  
3 votes:
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2013-12-26 02:23:58 PM  
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2013-12-26 09:09:50 PM  
1 vote:

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.
2013-12-26 07:05:38 PM  
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QueenMamaBee: Crazy Lee: QueenMamaBee: 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!"

Serious contenders are transitioning from the IC-9 to the ICD-10

I was upset that misophonia didn't make it into the DSM-5. I need justification for when I pimp slap the nail clipper, the ice cruncher and the popcorn cruncher.

Earlier this year I heard they were no longer going to recognize Narcissistic Personality Disorder. It's wonderful, telling narcissists they will not be paid attention to!
2013-12-26 06:30:07 PM  
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Sudlow: Same as always. Here's the list from last year: or here's the list from 2000: d ocId=106277&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0EBN8TEPDWP X717E32DS&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=219785801&pf_rd_i=524140

Then a comparison with best selling books in the 50's: els_in_the_United_States_in_the_1950s

Some true classics.

I hope Mickey Spillane is on the 50s list.

Ha. He's not yet according to his Wiki in 1980 he still had 7 of the top 15 All time best selling fiction titles in the US. Methinks that list methodology is a bit off.

Took a 50s lit class and we had to read one of his books for perspective. The one current printing - for an incredibly best selling Communist fear monger author - was stupid hard to find but I found a vintage copy at a store. That pictured, on the cover, the scene where his secretary is tied up by Commies from her wrists and iirc naked. Shown from the back of course.

Ah, popular culture.
2013-12-26 03:26:55 PM  
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mayIFark: 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.

Go for it.  It looks like if you write Diary of a Whimpy Jesus you'll make oodles of money.
2013-12-26 03:16:52 PM  
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2013-12-26 02:51:27 PM  
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I'm surprised a book with Charles Krauthammer's face on the cover can sell even a single copy.

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2013-12-26 02:41:48 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:40:51 PM  
1 vote:
I just checked, and holy cats: THAT REALLY IS THE AMAZON BESTSELLER LIST.
2013-12-26 02:31:38 PM  
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cgraves67: I rather like Rick Riordan's books. It makes ancient Greek and Roman culture palatable for young readers.

Agreed, though I'm mostly just glad that the Twilight and Fifty Shades franchises are both off the list.
2013-12-26 02:24:58 PM  
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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.
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