“…retail will survive, as it must, because there are enough of us out there who do - for one or two years, sometimes ten, twenty, or thirty - veer from the path of what we in the book trade call “real jobs.” For the health of bookstores, there are enough of us who ignore the sign in the window: Help wanted. Low pay, few or no benefits, questionable future, scant respect. Those of us who sign up for the bookstore life seem to read between the lines: Discounts on every book, flexible hours, inexplicably fun times, great camaraderie.
It’s a counter life we take on. Many booksellers, it turns out, aren’t much suited for the more respectable callings.
- Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
Guess who decided to throw caution to the wind and pursue a full-time career in the bookselling industry?
Dato' Lee Chong Wei cried when he received his silver medal for Badminton Olympics 2012, and immediately tweeted "I'm sorry". He played not for the medal, but for the nation. He knew that Malaysians are aching for our first Olympics gold medal, and he thought he failed us.
He has not failed us. We're so freaking proud of him. He won a silver medal, and he'll always be a Malaysian hero. He is the benchmark in athletic excellence for the rest of us, and will continue to inspire us with his determination, grace, humility and courage. And he has united 28 million Malaysians in a way that our politicians can only dream of.
I promise myself I'll hold a thesis-book-burning ceremony if I finish this so it has to be done. I'll even post pictures of the book burning with me roasting mini sausages over it.
I planned on buying it tomorrow but I have no self restraint whatsoever so yeah. Going to let it snuggle next to my other favourite book The Book of Lost Things, which is pretty much a bloodier and psychologically complex version of TLOS, in which a child finds himself trapped in a world where he meets different versions of his favourite fairy tales character; there’s a reason why I’m so excited when I first read the synopsis of Chris’s book
I have to actually make a fucking diagram just to figure out how to translate this sentence wtf run-on sentences ahoy!
CHRIS WHY ARE YOU PERFECT
KATNISS WOULD MAKE A GREAT AVENGER AND LBR WE NEED MORE FEMALE AVENGERS SO THE MOVIE CAN PASS THE BECHDEL TEST FFS