Helping the economy
I’m worried that Zizek and Theology needs a government bailout. I remember those happy days when it first became available on Amazon — even during preorder, it was hovering around a sales rank of 100,000. When it came out in the US, there were a couple joyous months when it could even get up to 30,000. Then came Christmas. Suddenly I was down to 500,000. I figured it was because the Christmas season had led to a glut of people buying “regular” books, but the pagerank never really recovered. Now it’s been losing around 10-20,000 a day, putting me on a slow decline to 1,000,000+ — Amazon oblivion.
Surely Amazon oblivion is the fate of nearly every academic book. It was foolish and vain of me to check my Amazon pagerank in the first place, much less so frequently. And why should I be rooting for Amazon to be selling so many copies of my book anyway, when they have policies that are so disadvantageous to publishers? Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Yet I still hope that the Treasury Department will use its TARP powers to buy up piles of Zizek and Theology alongside its collateralized debt obligations. Such programs have long kept the right-wing publishing industry afloat, and now that we’ve apparently elected a dangerous Islamic socialist as president, is it too much to ask that the government would subsidize the study of an important left-wing thinker? Especially one who is currently the leading candidate for Secretary of Culture!
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