every time i passed by a book with the word jade in the title, you know that the author is an eastern asian person.
asian authors, who write in english, focus mainly on the experiences that a normal north american might encounter but in an asian perspective
and the stereotypes all roll out
or perhaps a lot of asian authors write books that are about everyday Americans, whether Asian or not, but because of their inherent heritage, it would seem unconvincing for them to write about something that they may not have the full capacity of?
If i ever write a book, i should use a pseudoname, just because in case i decide to not write about my attic house above our grocery store in chinatown, it would be more convincing for the readers…
( i kid, i live in the suburbs.. )
i brought this up because i finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s BLINK today.The book is about first impressions, or thin-slicing, and your unconscious being incredibly judgmental. One thing that you gota love about Malcolm’s work is that he writes so convincingly, whether you trust what he’s saying or not, he makes you believe it, at least all that while.
and here’s my mini rant about kindle
i think it’s a good idea, that and digital paper or electronic ink or whatever technology they are hiding behind doors over at Xerox.
not killing trees, saving paper, maximize the number of books you can carry without increasing weight, all good stuff
But kindle is a freakin’ piece of plastic, you can’t proudly display your book collection in your damn kindle, you can’t make cute marginal notes in your kindle (on post-its of course).
i can’t feel the anticipation of flipping pages in a kindle, i assume you press some kind of touch screen button.
Reading for me is all about ANTICIPATING the unknown, and i can feel the pages getting thinner and thinner, but that damn piece of plastic will ruin it for me.
i guess kindle is better because people are really buying it, they BUY IT and they BUY books, because now it’s at a fractional of the price and it’s send wirelessly to their machine and you can get free books too!
But, until I have to, I will not succumb to kindle!!
you hear me?!?!
edit: i may have spoken too harshly about the kindle / sony reader / the ALEX? / nook by B&N? everyone’s got one nowadays. i think the kindle and such e-readers are great fro disposable books (like jenny said in commentS) and TEXTBOOKS!
i think the university (at least the ones i go to) is too greedy to adopt such a system where they can sell books for less, so much for wanting to be a ‘green’ university :/
im willing to purchase a e-reader if all future textbooks will be able to be bought on the e-reader, further more they can’t charge full price of the textbooks as an electronic edition, FURTHER MORE they can’t force students to buy an e reader if they don’t want to
i guess that sounds like a pretty big investment and a lot of admin works, but at least No more lines at the beginning of the semester!