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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle

At a local bookstore: the books display just before the Presidential election.





I was going to buy a book there on entering (a specific translation of The Prince by Machiavelli), but I left without doing so. Business and political bias do not mix. I refuse to be insulted, and then to cough up my hard-earned money for the privilege.

Nice flags, though.

P.S.: Oh yeah, have you checked out the "Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle" site? Do.

P.P.S.: Joe Biden is my new Moped.

IN THE COMMENTS: Ron interjects.

Palin is my Harley!

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11 Comments:

  • I don't suppose that book stores are supposed to *avoid* selling the political books. :-)

    I do know what you mean, though. Our big local independent book store has had a sort of gauntlet of political books set up in the past. Yes, liberal/Democrat books exclusively. You couldn't just walk past it into the store, you had to weave around more than one display that was directly in front of you.

    The last time I was there it was a little bit better as they rearranged things so that Hillary Clinton wasn't actively keeping you from getting into the store. (The last time I went was pre-Obama I think... it must have been.) The political stuff was still there, just not *quite* as obnoxiously.

    By Blogger Synova, at Sat Nov 15, 02:57:00 am GMT-5  

  • I don't suppose that book stores are supposed to *avoid* selling the political books. :-)

    Know thy audience, definitely, Synova. :)

    This is in Coral Gables, the more conservative part of town. But as you say here...

    I do know what you mean, though. Our big local independent book store has had a sort of gauntlet of political books set up in the past. Yes, liberal/Democrat books exclusively. You couldn't just walk past it into the store, you had to weave around more than one display that was directly in front of you.

    ...it's the exclusivity of the viewpoints that bothered me.

    The last time I was there it was a little bit better as they rearranged things so that Hillary Clinton wasn't actively keeping you from getting into the store. (The last time I went was pre-Obama I think... it must have been.) The political stuff was still there, just not *quite* as obnoxiously.

    This particular store has one partner who is pro-Obama, and another who was pro-Hillary.

    Not sure how that panned out, display-wise, but I never did see a Hillary book specifically promoted during the primaries...

    Hey, nice avatar, BTW. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Nov 15, 03:02:00 am GMT-5  

  • Palin is my Harley!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat Nov 15, 03:56:00 am GMT-5  

  • You have me increasingly intrigued. You're a highly intelligent British American Catholic Straussian Palin lovin' medical doctor? What a combination! How does a medical doctor get to the point where she specifically asks for a Mansfield Machiavelli translation? (I won't be able to live normally again until you answer!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Nov 15, 04:44:00 am GMT-5  

  • Hey Anon. :)

    I think you mentioned something very similar in another blogpost, and I forgot to gently correct you.

    As you can see, my profile says, "medical residency roadbumped" and that means I didn't continue my medical career.

    I am the child of a medical family though. It's in my blood.

    Other than that, I suppose I don't consider myself any different from anyone else -- certainly knowing about Machiavelli's many translations is no cause for excitement. :P

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Nov 15, 04:55:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vic, when do you sleep? :) Check out my comments on JFK/Jindal...

    I went to go see Dark Knight at cheapo theater...

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat Nov 15, 05:22:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ah, I see. The "roadbumped" had indeed puzzled me. I speculated it was your move to the US, but then you turned out to be a US citizen. The plot thickened.

    I, too, am the child of a medical family, I kid you not, although it skipped a few generations. My grandmother always hoped I would study medicine and continue the tradition. I didn't, but my sister did.

    As for Machiavelli, I maintain it's not common to be able to distinguish between translations. You might also want to read the Discourses and the Florentine Histories.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Nov 15, 09:35:00 am GMT-5  

  • Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle

    Ha ha!

    But are the ladies laughing in University of Wisconsin?

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Sat Nov 15, 12:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Well after enduring several pages of purple nutty Obama somethings, I went to the Amazon site.

    The comments there (all 6 or 8 of them) were a bit weird too.

    Is the book a joke about / on Obamots? Or Obama himself?

    Why would they sell it on a pro Obama table?

    Maybe people thought it funny and "cute," but I couldn't tell if that was because they see him as the do-er and be-er of all things.

    You know, it really, really is creepy.

    By Blogger JAL, at Sat Nov 15, 03:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Just wandered on in.

    The intro in the Mansfield translation is excellent - I enjoyed it greatly - but you probably already knew that. The rest of "The Prince" makes my head spin.

    By Blogger Ashok, at Sat Jan 24, 01:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Welcome Ashok!

    It's been over 10 years, but I recall it was the most complete and literate of the translations (I am British, and had it assigned in the equivalent of your 12th grade). :)

    Another one which is key, is Cornford's translation of Plato's The Republic.

    Still looking for that one, here.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Jan 24, 02:10:00 pm GMT-5  

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