Posts Tagged: borders
It’s not like we can all launch a Kickstarter or write a book—there’ve been hundreds of books about the border, and we still have the same problem. So I get angry, and perhaps it’s less about my feeling that all this testimony is useless and more my way of raging against my own impotence toward the situations we’re living through.
Because borders are so weird, words proliferate. Along with arbitrary, nonsensical violence—and strange, unpredictable exceptions—people talk a lot and lots of papers get filed, even as all of it is, in practice, evacuated of meaning.
For The New Inquiry, Aaron Bady thinks through the poetics and the “Kafka-esque” violence of borders....more
MIA’s video for “Borders” is controversial in many ways: it’s full of refugee imagery, MIA rapping in the middle of boats packed with bodies. But its biggest backlash comes from what seems like its least controversial gesture—in some shots, MIA is wearing a shirt with a doctored logo, changing “Fly Emirates” to read “Fly Pirates.” One would think that critiquing big money and corporations through clever logo manipulation is old news, but MIA has received letters threatening legal action and describing the event as if the logo were a sensitive teenager with hurt feelings....more
Hong Kong is dominated by two kinds of bookstores—the independent shops specializing in political books and pornography banned by China and the shops secretly owned by Beijing’s communist government.
A Tokyo-based bookstore hosting a book fair centered around democracy and freedom suspended the event after criticism....more
Borders bookstores might have withered away in bankruptcy stateside, but internationally the store continues to operate, and the chain is at the center of a censorship dispute. Melville House reports that a Borders in Kuala Lumpur was raided in 2012 and the manager, Nik Raina, arrested for selling Allah, Liberty, & Love by Irshad Manji....more
Could Amazon actually be helping indie bookstores?
It seems counterintuitive, but after a devastating reduction in numbers in the late ’90s, the American Booksellers’ Association has finally started to grow—albeit slowly—since 2005.
Nate Hoffelder at the Digital Reader argues that by killing off (or mortally wounding) big-box bookstores like Borders, Amazon has made room in the ecosystem for indie bookstores to do what they do best: personally connect readers with books, authors, and publishers....more
I was out last week on vacation, but I’m back. And there’s a lot to catch up on. Here goes …...more