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Sunday, June 24, 2018

OT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (let’s call it July 2018)

With so much time spent fostering garbage takes on food, perhaps many of you missed Tom Breihan’s “A History of Violence” series, which kicked off in 2016 with a celebration of Bullitt:

When you talk about the history of action movies, you sort of have to define what an action movie is first. As with any movie genre, lines blur, and movies can be multiple things at once. Action—fights, chases, bodies forced into extreme circumstances—has been a part of narrative cinema since narrative cinema became a thing. If you wanted to be ultra-pedantic, you could say that the 1903 silent film The Great Train Robbery was the first action movie, though it would take a whole lot of work to draw a historical line between that and John Wick.

For the purposes of this column, action movies didn’t arrive in their modern and fully-formed state until the late ’60s. There were other genres of movies that supplied the kinds of thrills that action movies would later provide: Westerns, war movies, crime thrillers. (All those genres will appear, in hybridized forms, in this column later on. We’re also going to stay away from things like superhero movies, sci-fi, fantasy, and Oscar bait, except in the rare instances when those genres cross over fully with the action genre.) And there were movies that could be considered proto-action movies: John Sturges’ 1955 Bad Day At Black Rock, Hitchcock’s 1959 North By Northwest, all the early movies in the Bond series.

I should also add that the whole goal of this column is to pick the most important action movie of every year, not necessarily the best or most beloved. (Most of the time, though, it probably will be the best or most beloved action movie of its year, partly because bullshit usually doesn’t leave that deep of an impact and partly because I have no desire to rewatch a bunch of bullshit.)

 

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: June 24, 2018 at 06:43 PM | 558 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: movies, music, off-topic, television, whatever else belongs under the rubric of 'popular culture'

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   501. Lassus Posted: July 12, 2018 at 09:00 AM (#5708977)
I got the first volume of the Twain autobiography at a garage sale last week! Buying the remaining two volumes this week off Amazon, they are impressive tomes. It's a good companion set to the similarly-sized yet irritatingly far more expensive FOUR-volume Mahler biography by Henri Louis Lagrange.
   502. PreservedFish Posted: July 12, 2018 at 09:06 AM (#5708979)
Lassus, do I remember saying that you ordered the Atlas of Remote Islands?
   503. Lassus Posted: July 12, 2018 at 09:20 AM (#5708985)
You do! However, I had to cancel the order however when I realized I was going to be short on bills that month. I need to try again.
   504. PreservedFish Posted: July 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM (#5708988)
Ha. Ok. It's a nice little book. Super well-designed. Not exactly a beach read, it's more like an extremely curious coffee table book. I mean, it's an atlas, with poetic musings.
   505. Morty Causa Posted: July 12, 2018 at 12:23 PM (#5709057)
It looks as if the Mark Twain Project has all three volumes of the autobiography online, with all the excrescences of literary scholarship. If so, that is a real boon.

Mark Twain Project
   506. Zonk did it for the children of Russia Posted: July 12, 2018 at 01:49 PM (#5709100)
Oh, I forgot to mention!

I did finally manage to catch some Benson last weekend... and found that it holds up about as well as any non-pantheon sitcom from the era would. It's rather boilerplate sitcom fare, I guess - I'd forgotten the omnipresent Guillaume wisecrack followed by the offscreen Kraus "I heard that!"

Much as I know Veep's lineage is The Thick of It - obviously, Iannucci, etc -- I do feel it's a bit unfair that Benson never gets any mention as a sort of ancient iteration.

Obviously, network sitcom means it's all PG stuff... but loopy, self-absorbed government figure? Staff with varying degrees of competence, careerism, and eye-rolling "can you believe this?".... toss in some government as a backdrop for occasional family story line?
   507. Hot Wheeling American, MS-13 Enthusiast Posted: July 12, 2018 at 04:42 PM (#5709216)
Joined the AMC A-List this week. $19.99/month, can see three movies a week at any AMC screen (except for special events, like Fathom, and VR). Already paid for itself when I got a $25 ticket for Ant-Man and The Wasp in faux-IMAX. Now, I wouldn't have went for that ticket had I not gotten it for 'free', but the showtime worked best for me, so I didn't have to consider it. Not sure it's for everyone, but I hit the sweet spot: (i) no kids; (ii) like going to movies; and (iii) live in Manhattan, which has nine AMCs.
   508. PreservedFish Posted: July 12, 2018 at 07:09 PM (#5709261)
I hit the sweet spot: (i) no kids; (ii) like going to movies; and (iii) live in Manhattan, which has nine AMCs.


Retirement goals.

I grew up in NYC ... I went to so many damn movies. I love, LOVED, opening up the Village Voice and deciding what off-beat/arty/revival screening I would go see. Now I live in a small town with a single screen "art house" theater that caters primarily to little old ladies. Most movies tend to feature Judy Dench or such.
   509. Rennie's Tenet Posted: July 12, 2018 at 08:38 PM (#5709318)
Judy Dench or such.


They should have similarity scores for actors.
   510. Greg K Posted: July 13, 2018 at 08:39 AM (#5709412)
Much as I know Veep's lineage is The Thick of It - obviously, Iannucci, etc -- I do feel it's a bit unfair that Benson never gets any mention as a sort of ancient iteration.

I've only seen bits and pieces of Benson and Soap, but the connection to Arrested Development always jumped out at me. Though that could very well just be a way-station through Thick of It and back to the US for Veep. The British>US influence is often fairly clear (especially in a show like Veep or the Office where there is an explicit connection). But I wonder how easy it is to track things going the other way. I have to think Arrested Development influenced a lot of shows, though one of my English friends who is pretty much an encyclopedia of British comedy shows, had never heard of Arrested Development.
   511. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 13, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5709514)
edit: wrong thread

   512. Howie Menckel Posted: July 13, 2018 at 04:44 PM (#5709642)
no Rub and Tug by Scarlett
"Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of Rub & Tug, the movie that would have seen her play a transgender man.

"In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project," said Johansson in a statement to Out.com.

"Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive," the actress continued. "I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues."

Rub & Tug tells the story of Jean Marie Gill, who was assigned female at birth but who assumed the identity of a man, Dante “Tex” Gill, and operated a massage parlor and prostitution business in Pittsburgh in the 1970s and '80s. While it is unclear how Gill, who died in 2003, identified, an obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes that he ran his parlors while "insisting that she was a man and telling everyone she wanted to be known as 'Mr. Gill.'"
   513. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:08 AM (#5710465)
The core set for Magic came out on Friday and I had told myself that I would collect these cards up through this set and I think I'll keep that promise. I have yet to play a game of magic despite having all of the cards from Ixalan on. This set was kind of my last straw though. Bought two boxes of boosters and still wound up with 20 cards missing and of course virtually all of the really expensive cards are missing. Bought another 8 boosters from the local card shop which was jammed on Saturday and managed to knock the lowest 5 valued cards off my list. So now if I want to complete the set I will cost me $100 to buy the remaining 15 cards as singles. I've already committed 165 dollars so I'll wait and see on the prices and if they come down after the initial wave. That doesn't include the 30 odd cards that are only available in Welcome Decks and Planeswalker decks.

I think I would have liked playing with the Ixalan run of cards and the Dominaria cards looked nostalgic to my old days for me but there wasn't much in the Core Set that caught my eye. The upcoming guild stuff looks kind of interesting but there is just no point in spending this kind of money if I'm not going to do anything with it.
   514. Zonk did it for the children of Russia Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:25 AM (#5710471)
I've only seen bits and pieces of Benson and Soap, but the connection to Arrested Development always jumped out at me. Though that could very well just be a way-station through Thick of It and back to the US for Veep. The British>US influence is often fairly clear (especially in a show like Veep or the Office where there is an explicit connection). But I wonder how easy it is to track things going the other way. I have to think Arrested Development influenced a lot of shows, though one of my English friends who is pretty much an encyclopedia of British comedy shows, had never heard of Arrested Development.


Soap especially - right down to the voice-over element. I think Soap would definitely qualify as AD's grandparent. Benson tended to go in a more standard sitcom direction more often than not, but Soap most certainly had all of AD's 'how ridiculous can we make this?' element.
   515. yo la tengo Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:51 AM (#5710543)
It seems like I might get an informative answer in this thread to a question I have. About 8 years ago we decided to opt out of cable service and we have bunny ears for our TV and we have Sling. Recently caved in a bit and added HBONow. My question is this - We added a few Sling channels recently for shows our kids want (added FXNow and Nick) and was flummoxed that I could only watch the shows we wanted if we could provide account info for our cable provider. Why have Sling if you have cable? What am I missing here?
   516. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2018 at 12:58 PM (#5710593)
Mobility across many platforms.
   517. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2018 at 01:02 PM (#5710596)
Now into the first couple of episodes of season three and I forgot this was the season where they introduced Marlowe I thought he came later. I didn't realize until I googled it yesterday that "Ray Cole" was an executive producer on the show that died suddenly which is why he was always out of the office and they never showed any real up close shots of his body in the season three episode covering his wake.

The whole not really caring about the new case and the feeling of spinning their wheels really does seem to come through because in looking back and does feel like the writers didn't have much new stuff to say for that topic and they were just spinning their wheels much like their on screen cops.
   518. jmurph Posted: July 16, 2018 at 01:08 PM (#5710601)
We added a few Sling channels recently for shows our kids want (added FXNow and Nick) and was flummoxed that I could only watch the shows we wanted if we could provide account info for our cable provider. Why have Sling if you have cable? What am I missing here?

Your Sling log-in should work just the same as a cable log in on many/most of these services. I use Playstation Vue, which is a similar service as Sling, and can log into nearly any TV app using those credentials.

To answer your cable/Sling question: I can't imagine very many people are using both those services, that would be entirely duplicative and a waste of money. If you subscribe to comcast you can use it on your phone, use it to authenticate apps, etc., you don't need Sling to do that.
   519. jmurph Posted: July 16, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5710602)
Your Sling log-in should work just the same as a cable log in on many/most of these services. I use Playstation Vue, which is a similar service as Sling, and can log into nearly any TV app using those credentials.

Here's a list of apps you can authenticate with your Sling login. Looking at this, it looks like Playstation subscribers have access to more apps, but it also costs more, so there's that.
   520. Swoboda is freedom Posted: July 16, 2018 at 02:06 PM (#5710646)
It seems like I might get an informative answer in this thread to a question I have. About 8 years ago we decided to opt out of cable service and we have bunny ears for our TV and we have Sling. Recently caved in a bit and added HBONow. My question is this - We added a few Sling channels recently for shows our kids want (added FXNow and Nick) and was flummoxed that I could only watch the shows we wanted if we could provide account info for our cable provider. Why have Sling if you have cable? What am I missing here?

There are a few cable channels that are only available to local cable subscribers. Certain channels that are owned by the cable operator, so they can say only on cable. There are also some rights issues for sports (where it is blacked out).

People will have sling, as well as cable, to watch on different devices, especially if they are travelling.
   521. yo la tengo Posted: July 16, 2018 at 03:10 PM (#5710673)
Thanks for the help. Tried to go through the process for FXNow and got messages about high traffic. Will try again later.

   522. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 16, 2018 at 03:28 PM (#5710679)
Just ended a week's vacation. Didn't do a bloody thing other than read, to the point of not even turning on the TV. Plowed through a dozen books, including two true crime, two sports (Outsider Baseball & We Changed the Game, on the ABA Pacers), & six horror novels, including the surprisingly (going by the title) very, very good My Best Friend's Exorcism. Heaven!
   523. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:02 PM (#5710712)
Do you recommend Outsider Baseball, gef? From the Amazon reviews, it does seem like it was well researched, but I'm always wary about "old baseball stories" books, given that they tend to be about 90% ridiculously transparent fiction.
   524. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:09 PM (#5710717)
Do you recommend Outsider Baseball, gef? From the Amazon reviews, it does seem like it was well researched, but I'm always wary about "old baseball stories" books, given that they tend to be about 90% ridiculously transparent fiction.


Author Scott Simkus does his due diligence, IMHO, at least to the extent that it's do-able. For instance, his evaluation of Negro Leagues legends like Josh Gibson is very much based on actual box scores.
   525. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:19 PM (#5710726)
So, none of the "Satchel was hung over, but he told all his fielders to go home for the day, belched twice, and proceeded to strike out 27 men in a row with no other players on the diamond" type stuff?
   526. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:27 PM (#5710734)
So, none of the "Satchel was hung over, but he told all his fielders to go home for the day, belched twice, and proceeded to strike out 27 men in a row with no other players on the diamond" type stuff?


There's some of that, but only in the sense of being accurately labeled folklore as opposed to fact.
   527. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: July 16, 2018 at 04:33 PM (#5710739)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have my pick of a free Amazon Echo (v2) or Google Home. I can't imagine why I would ever want either one of them, but I have to pick one. Does anyone here have a strong preference for one over the other? Is there any reason I should want one? The chances are pretty good that it will re-gifted as a Christmas gift in five months.
   528. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: July 16, 2018 at 06:28 PM (#5710807)
#527.

It is all about the ecosystem. Amazon Prime users will want the Alexa. Hardcore Google users will prefer home.

I like my Alexa and just bought some home minis for my home office (to keep personal and work separate). But they are still in the box, so I can't give my personal review. But everything I read said they were roughly equivalent.

Pick whichever, honestly, especially if you are going to re-gift. I have to leave for dinner or I would write more.
   529. PreservedFish Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:30 PM (#5710906)
Didn't do a bloody thing other than read, to the point of not even turning on the TV. Plowed through a dozen books, including two true crime, two sports (Outsider Baseball & We Changed the Game, on the ABA Pacers), & six horror novels, including the surprisingly (going by the title) very, very good My Best Friend's Exorcism. Heaven!


I have probably never read so much in a single week. Maybe not even half as much. How often do you change seats or venue?
   530. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:54 PM (#5710915)
Never. I basically read lying in bed.
   531. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 16, 2018 at 08:55 PM (#5710916)
Most I've ever knowingly read was 31 books in a month (mostly sf novels). In a day, 4 novels, though 2 were Ace Doubles.

Being a confirmed introvert with no life to speak of is a major factor here.
   532. PreservedFish Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:00 PM (#5710919)
How long of a break do you take between novels?
   533. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:13 PM (#5710928)
Maybe 20 minutes if I have more than one I want to read, unless of course work gets in the way.
   534. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:21 PM (#5710935)
Most I've ever knowingly read was 31 books in a month (mostly sf novels).
Dear lord. Were you working full-time at the time?
   535. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:25 PM (#5710941)
Hardly. It was January 1978, most of which was Xmas break after my first semester of college, plus at least a couple of snow days after that.
   536. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 16, 2018 at 09:27 PM (#5710943)
OK, that does sound more plausible in terms of number of hours in the day.
   537. Lassus Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:10 PM (#5710965)
How long of a break do you take between novels?

I don't read as much with no commute, but this answer is: zero, or maybe one day.
   538. PreservedFish Posted: July 16, 2018 at 11:20 PM (#5710995)
Are you also in the 4 novels-per-day club?
   539. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 17, 2018 at 01:14 AM (#5711025)
Zonk, #514:
I've only seen bits and pieces of Benson and Soap, but the connection to Arrested Development always jumped out at me. Though that could very well just be a way-station through Thick of It and back to the US for Veep. The British>US influence is often fairly clear (especially in a show like Veep or the Office where there is an explicit connection). But I wonder how easy it is to track things going the other way. I have to think Arrested Development influenced a lot of shows, though one of my English friends who is pretty much an encyclopedia of British comedy shows, had never heard of Arrested Development.
Soap especially - right down to the voice-over element. I think Soap would definitely qualify as AD's grandparent. Benson tended to go in a more standard sitcom direction more often than not, but Soap most certainly had all of AD's 'how ridiculous can we make this?' element.


"Soap" was a more mainstream and better-budgeted "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," with a 1970s prime time twinge of "SNL" transgressiveness that ultimately helped get the show cancelled.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't "Soap" just use voice-over narration at the beginnings and ends of each show? And didn't they use it just for "on the last episode..." summation, and "Will Jessica find out...?" upcoming plotline teases, rather than irony and omniscient narrative laughs? I mean, "Batman" did that much.
   540. McCoy Posted: July 17, 2018 at 11:02 AM (#5711140)
Ran across a bone in prime rib-eye at Costco this weekend. 2.5# for 35 bucks. Couldn't pass it up so I got one for dinner. Tried out my Weber enameled cast iron plate for the first time and wow. Got an amazing sear on both side so quickly that I had to actually move the steak over to the colder side of the grill for 5 minutes to finish getting it up to temp. The old Weber Spirit I had needed 7 or 8 minutes to get a good char on one side and then only needed about 4 or 5 minutes on the other to get it up to temp but leaving a weak char on that side. The wife said it was the best steak she had in a long time so we're super happy with the plate and the Weber's ability to hold a temp. I also pulled out the wok and deep fried some onion rings as well. The only regret I have is not getting the Weber with the side burner on it. IT costs an extra 400 bucks or so and it probably doesn't pay for itself but it would have made it a lot easier to saute up some spinach, make the garlic herb butter sauce, and have the electric wok going for onion rings. I could have had my wok and electric burner going but I didn't want to jump through hoops with electric cords all over the place.
   541. Lassus Posted: July 17, 2018 at 01:29 PM (#5711253)
Are you also in the 4 novels-per-day club?

God no, especially without the commute. I don't even sprint through any more, thanks to the internet. But I don't see a need for a break, either. I am a member of the "carry-the-next-book-also-in-case-you-finish-that-one" club
   542. jmurph Posted: July 17, 2018 at 01:59 PM (#5711269)
Most I've ever knowingly read was 31 books in a month (mostly sf novels). In a day, 4 novels, though 2 were Ace Doubles.

I'm making an effort to read more this year and am therefore tracking the books I'm reading in a spreadsheet. So far I've finished 13 books, which is one off my final total from last year, which was, easily, the most I'd read in a single year since my oldest child was born (he's only about to turn 5, so it's just a few years long rut I'm trying to pull myself out of, but still). These numbers you're talking about are blowing my mind.
   543. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 17, 2018 at 02:17 PM (#5711277)
I'm making an effort to read more this year and am therefore tracking the books I'm reading in a spreadsheet. So far I've finished 13 books, which is one off my final total from last year, which was, easily, the most I'd read in a single year since my oldest child was born (he's only about to turn 5, so it's just a few years long rut I'm trying to pull myself out of, but still). These numbers you're talking about are blowing my mind.


I'm not a speed reader (my first wife was; she made me look like someone who moved his lips when he read), but I guess I read fairly fast. I used to keep track of how many books I read per year, & 1978, which started with the aforementioned 31 in January, wound up with a total of something like 120. Clearly, my pace tapered off after awhile. For whatever reason I've begun counting again, & so far this year I'm at 52.

Looking back, 4 books in a day is nothing compared to reading Paradise Lost in one night, which I did the day before we were tested on it in 12th grade.
   544. stig-tossled,hornswoggled gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 17, 2018 at 02:21 PM (#5711280)
Novel length was mentioned awhile back. Back in my genre-reading heyday sf books tended to run around 200 pages, if memory serves. These days 300-400 appears far more common, though I'm waaaay more likely to read horror, mystery or suspense than I am sf. Seems like horror has always seemed to run a bit longer, though that perception might be skewed by reading lots of Stephen King.
   545. PreservedFish Posted: July 17, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5711300)
So far I've finished 13 books, which is one off my final total from last year, which was, easily, the most I'd read in a single year since my oldest child was born (he's only about to turn 5, so it's just a few years long rut I'm trying to pull myself out of, but still). These numbers you're talking about are blowing my mind.


Yeah, I'm at like 3 books this year if we're not counting helpful non-pleasurable books.

Kids go to bed at 8:30 or so and if I want 8 hours sleep the clock immediately starts on my 2 hours of leisure time, assuming no chores need to be done, and they usually do. Most of the time I pull up a paperback in bed, read 4-5 pages, then fall asleep. Exceedingly rare to read a book for pleasure in any other circumstance lately. Sometimes I'll take one to the playground. Lucky if I can read a few pages worth. Mostly I just look at the other parents and feel superior to them for not looking at my smartphone. Then I pull out my smartphone because I need the latest BTF complaints about pace and the shift.
   546. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 17, 2018 at 02:52 PM (#5711305)
"carry-the-next-book-also-in-case-you-finish-that-one"
It's called a "Kindle" these days.
   547. Lassus Posted: July 17, 2018 at 03:32 PM (#5711353)
Off.

My.

Lawn.
   548. PreservedFish Posted: July 17, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5711366)
I'm very attached to books as artifacts. I don't even like borrowing from the library, because I want to keep the book. I'm not an acquisitive person in general, otherwise. I read that "Magical Japanese Art of Tidying" book and wanted to throw out all of my belongings, except for the hundreds of floppy old paperbacks that I can't bear to part with.
   549. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 17, 2018 at 03:59 PM (#5711373)
I read that "Magical Japanese Art of Tidying" book
Ironic that it was released in physical form.
   550. PreservedFish Posted: July 17, 2018 at 04:12 PM (#5711384)
She's not anti-object. You're allowed to keep, like, your favorite 10 books or something.
   551. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 17, 2018 at 04:22 PM (#5711393)
That was honestly one of the (symbolic) things that eventually led me out of academia before I started my dissertation. I would see professors' houses and offices, and they would just be overflowing with disorganized books and papers on every shelf, table, nook, cranny, etc. I didn't want to live that way, or more substantively, dedicate that much of my life to a single topic. Funnily enough, my dad was a professor as well, but we never lived like that thanks to (a) my mom and (b) my dad never being that focused on his job (and I mean that as a compliment).
   552. PreservedFish Posted: July 17, 2018 at 04:33 PM (#5711412)
Academia is totally perverse in so many ways. Nice to have the summers off though.
   553. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 17, 2018 at 04:42 PM (#5711421)
Eh, these days academics are generally expected to research and write in the summers, aren't they?
   554. jmurph Posted: July 17, 2018 at 04:43 PM (#5711423)
I'm very attached to books as artifacts.

To merge the two thoughts, PreservedFish, I became much more successful at actually finishing books in the past two years when I surrendered my dignity and gave my soul over to the kindle. I also prefer physical books like a normal human, but with the kindle and, I say this with great shame, the kindle app on my phone, I'm able to read in bed if my wife is asleep before me, at night if the 2 year old wakes up, etc.

It's also good for instantly buying something you learn about and, even better, instantly borrowing ebooks from the library (as an added motivator, my library doesn't let me renew ebooks, so you've got to finish it in 3 weeks or else you lose it).
   555. Lassus Posted: July 17, 2018 at 05:06 PM (#5711445)
I have exactly one possession on earth that means anything to me: my library. Everything else can burn. I don't care if I have to drag 2500 books into the Adirondacks by myself on a cart while fleeing the zombie apocalypse or biblical flooding, I'll die before I part with them.
   556. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 17, 2018 at 05:12 PM (#5711450)
To merge the two thoughts, PreservedFish, I became much more successful at actually finishing books in the past two years when I surrendered my dignity and gave my soul over to the kindle. I also prefer physical books like a normal human, but with the kindle and, I say this with great shame, the kindle app on my phone, I'm able to read in bed if my wife is asleep before me, at night if the 2 year old wakes up, etc.
OK, I get that some people have a preference for physical books for various reasons, and that's fine - but why do people then go on to say that the transition to e-reading is some universally lamentable thing? And how is that any different than the older-generation partners in our firm, for example, who cling to their physical case files and invent ridiculous rationales for how physical filing is objectively better than electronic?

Sure, physical books have some value (to some people) as things, beyond the actual content of the book, that can't really be replicated by digital versions. But the core social and personal purposes of reading - entertainment, education, etc. - are fulfilled by the substance of the book, not the form. We don't lose anything "core" in the transition to digital reading.
   557. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 17, 2018 at 06:37 PM (#5711501)
I've been reading most of my books on a kindle for 8years. I'll admit I will routinely forget the title of the book I'm reading if asked. I call my kindle my BRR, books ready to read. The backlit Kindle is a wonderful invention. I tend to read 12-18 a year on average. It's been a godsend for my Dad who lost some vision following a stroke and can count on the larger typeface w/o worrying if the local library in his small towns will have it. Quality of life boost.
   558. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 17, 2018 at 06:49 PM (#5711504)
The backlit Kindle is a wonderful invention.
Wonderful for reading in bed after my wife has fallen asleep, as jmurph alluded to earlier. I've gotten so attached to my 10-15 minutes of "solo" reading time that it annoys me when I'm ready to go to sleep soon and she's dilly-dallying or not done reading or whatever. "No, honey, I want to go to sleep in half an hour, so you need to go to bed now!" She's less than persuaded but generally a good sport.
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