Another reason traditional publishers are in trouble

I dare you to explain what this book is about and why anyone would  publish it or even read it. Now I know what ‘pap’ means.

Book review: Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

By Mike Doherty – Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM – From Macleans magazine

Missing OutThe 17th book by English psychoanalyst and literary professor Adam Phillips asks, “Is the unlived life worth examining?” Known as a pithy writer on subjects such as childhood repression (The Beast in the Nursery) and madness (Going Sane), he has delivered a kind of literary victory lap, passing through them all as they relate to expectation and denial—the ways people want to live their lives but realize they can’t.

In a densely intertwined collection of musings, Phillips expounds on the roots of desire in infancy as understood by Freud (whose Penguin series he edits), indulges in a slyly punning etymological exploration of various related concepts (inclusion, exclusion, frustration and satisfaction, all expressed as variants on the phrase “getting it”), and excavates ideas of deception and knowledge from Shakespearean tragedy.

Where all of these elements cohere, Phillips offers aphoristic insight. Falling in love, he writes, has to do with neediness: “It is as if, oddly, you were waiting for someone but you didn’t know who they were until they arrived.” Rule-breaking is pleasurable in and of itself: “The new morality of getting-away-with-it . . . is a world apparently without guilt; a world in which there are no internalized authorities, no conscience, only external authorities to avoid being punished by.” And there’s nothing ideal about the individual’s relationship with society: “Our need for others is a kind of defeat or capitulation: the submission that turns into our most difficult admission.”

Such pronouncements are provocative, especially in the context of the angst and high-stakes drama he discusses in Othello and childhood trauma. But even as Phillips aims to make his premise universal—“much of our so-called mental life is about the lives we are not living”—he doesn’t examine it in terms of everyday contemporary life. In the distance between the splendour depicted in advertising, the excitement promised by Hollywood, the fulfillment proffered by employers, and the stir-craziness of the 21st-century office drone lies a rich seam of fantasy. What of the strategies we employ to combat malaise and financial woes? Therein is an unwritten book worth reading

News from Mexico – La mordida

I’ve been down here in Playa del Carmen with Gloria for three weeks now and have a few more to go.  So we rent a car and blast around and we pick up an American amigo, Chris, who just bought a unit at our condo complex.  We go to the big Pelican supermarket and pick up groceries and beer and drive home–without my lights on.  For the last 10 years my vehicles have auto mode for the lights, in one way or another the lights are always on.  The VW rental doesn’t and a cop waves us over and says in rapid fire Spanish and pantomimes that I have no, lights on and asks for my licence.  I have to pay a $50 fine at the police station or they’d keep my license.  Actually, an Alberta drv. lic. is only $10 for a renewal.  La Mordida, translation ‘the bite’ is the term used for a bribe in this country.

Sailfish lic. plateSo, Chris, from the backseat, says “Do not go to the police station!”  Apparently, there would be other costs there–and possibly dungeons. So, I ask the cop if I could pay him here instead.  “Si,” he says.

“I do not have $5o,” I say.

Chris says “Hey, I’ve got $10 USD” and hands me the note.

I flash it to the cop who says, in English this time, “Keep it down, is okay.”  Then he shows me how to operate the light switch and says “Adios.”  I guess it was some sort of Mexican street plea bargain.  When driving in Mexico keep some flash cash.

Great news from Bookkus!

Final Response, my 3rd firefighter eBook has made it to the 2nd stage at Bookkus Publishing.  I’d like to thank the reviewers who took time out to read the 3 sample chapters. My rating ended up  as a 4 star.  Now the entire manuscript will be read and deemed worthy.  I think people are hooked now and I believe my writing is strong enough to keep them reading because once they’re in the theater they’ll stay to the end.

Lance Armstrong: cheat, bully, liar, fraudulent author

Will the public ever get satisfaction from the Lance Armstrong debacle?  He’s screwed everyone from readers to reporters to judges to athletes.  No doubt he’s got his ducks in a row and is probably untouchable as a seven year statute of limitations on criminal activity has passed.  Another fallen American hero.  The media should really decide who the real heroes are in society.  For those of you pissed off for buying this clown’s bullshit book go to bookus.com  and CNN.   When Lance hauled you into court even the truth could not set you free.

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