Friday, July 25, 2008

Sneaky activism

So I've got this job. I work at a fairly large bookstore which I have nothing but contempt for, except for the part where I enjoy the work environment and get to borrow books for free.

And also except for the part where I get to passive-aggressively direct browsers to books I think they should read. The new policy, to get me through the day, is to shelve books that I don't like with only the spines facing out and to turn the ones I do like so that the whole front cover is visible. This practice does comply with proper merchandising procedures... more or less.

So, new add-on feature: "Spined and Fronted."

Spined today:
Wendy Shalit, "Girls Gone Mild."
S. Fred Singer, "Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years."
"Gossip Girls": the entire series.

A bunch of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" books.
Marjane Satrapi, "Persepolis."
Tim Weiner, "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA." (which I'm still reading and loving)

Been a good day. (See also: below.)


Anonymous said...

Have you read Princess Bubble?
Wonder what you think about that

m. said...

No, I haven't, but I'll have a look at it on my next break. Will I be fronting this book or spining it?

Angie said...

Do you read the books you spine and front, or do you just have a bad/or good feeling about them? I'm just curious what is the basis for spining and fronting?

M. said...


It's a combination, to be honest.

"Girls Gone Mild" I read a bit of before giving up; I also read a handful of the reviews that were kicking around the feminist blogosphere a while back. The "Gossip Girl" series I've learned about mostly through complaining co-workers who did read them (they're popular). The Singer book gave me bad vibes (a bad reason, admittedly, to spine it) and had a grammatic error on the back (a slightly better, though more anal, reason).

The fronted ones I've read.