It’s a vile trend that seems to be getting steadily more intrusive. In the push and shove of money-hungry writers churning out ephemera as fast as they can, a simple title isn’t enough to attract readers. Why Amazon allows writers to pack book titles with descriptive come-ons is a mystery, but so is much of today’s “literary” business. Three examples from today’s Amazon Daily Deals:
“Absolutely gripping crime fiction with unputdownable mystery and suspense”
“The most gripping, heartwrenching page-turner of the year”
“A twisty, dark psychological thriller that will have you gripped”
These writers, who will go mercifully unnamed, clearly want to grab the emotions of the potential reader and never let go until the last exciting page. Not satisfied with telling you what their books are about, they feel free to tell you what you will feel about them. Keep in mind that these are not quotes from reviewers, but opinions by writers about the value of their own work. Unbiased? Hardly. Accurate. I doubt it. Disrespectful of readers ability to judge for themselves. Absolutely.
Between “Make America Great Again” and “America was always great.”
You can’t make great again what was never great. Rhetoric and mindless patriotism can’t change the past. A great country shouldn’t be founded on the genocide of its original residents. Its economy shouldn’t be built on the backs of humans bought and sold as chattel. Its justice system shouldn’t be a world disgrace that harks back to the inhumanity and horrors of 18th and 19th century imprisonment.
America was never great in the ways that really matter, except in the eyes of its ruling bully boys. And it’s too late now for real change. A damaged natural environment that is still being destroyed in the name of profit isn’t impressed by humans’ delusions and denial, and it will have its revenge.
2026 – Look it up and give it some thought
The exact year isn’t what’s important. What is important is that it stands in opposition to soft-pedaled predictions about a world enmeshed in climate change. We do not have until 2050 to make drastic changes in our way of life or suffer the consequences. Scientists’ fear for their reputations, and fear that the truth will panic the public. If panic is the only thing that will induce a real desire to prevent catastrophe, then what we need is a serious dose of reality-based panic.