I thought Bait and Switch
was not as good as Nickel and Dimed
, primarily because she's trying to pass herself off as a PR person, but because she hasn't actually worked in the industry, she hasn't got any real contacts. Which skews the experiment from the get-go. Bright-Sided
I appreciated because I've had run-ins with people whose religiosity about "think positive" verges on shit like blaming Jews for bringing the Holocaust down upon themselves.
On the other hand, I'm just finishing a book called Positivity
that details studies that have proved that genuine positive thinking in non-terminal-disease circumstances really can affect physiological, not just psychological, responses. I'm curious about whether the author will address contexts like being diagnosed with a serious or fatal disease, or whether she thinks her work is relevant to people with clinical depression. (She probably won't. She actually spends more time on "how to think positive" than the science, which I think is too bad. There's enough "think positive" manuals out there already.)
I came in here to post this delightful comment
about Lolita (I just watched the 1997 Jeremy Irons movie and was looking around to see if my recollection of the book was correct):
"Due to the scandalous material of the story, Lolita ended up being published by the Olympia Press, which was generally known as a pornography publisher. All Olympia Press titles came out with the same plain green text-only cover. Now, (if I'm remembering this story correctly) Appel [editor and annotator of The Annotated Lolita
]was in the army when he read Lolita, and once a fellow soldier saw the book, and taking it for porn, eagerly grabbed it and started reading aloud to the rest of the platoon. "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps... Awww shit, this ain't porn, it's goddamn littrachur!""