I have to admit that I've been sharing Allejandro's suspicions. I really miss a readily available Kindle page. You have to dig for it now without access from any main page. Please note the fact that Apple has its own link off the tech page. Just saying. And while we're seeing this obscure subject (with an arguably snarky treatment), I don't see any coverage of the release of the Kingston Wi-Drive App or any information about the new availability of SendToKindle for PC. Both are pretty big deals for Kindle and Fire users. And it's not as if the Kindle has faded from newsworthy coverage in recent months. Amazon's new products and services have been more in the news than ever. While I don't doubt your sincerity or truthfulness, my impression is that the dominant editorial perspective you mention is largely stacked against Amazon products and news.
Again, just saying.
“Imagine the centuries of frustration felt by so many of the rest of us non-Christians who have had to tiptoe around our Christian friends lest we offend them. One of the solutions to all this tip-toeing around is to openly, fairly and generously include more of our society in this biggest holiday of the year.”
DD2005 on Dec 12, 2010 at 11:34:32
“Jan GrahamMcMillen : I bet you don't complain about the day off work though do you? "Christ"Mas .... not hard to understand. And I doubt you've sufferred for "centuries". Have a little respect and tolerance for one of the biggest Christian days of the year. Non-Christians made it the "biggest holiday of the year" in terms of what Christmas has become. Santa, sleighbells, etc.....nothing at all to do with Christmas in the traditional sense.....you are all included in the the "Commercial Christmas" but all we ask is that Christmas, the religious holiday be respected.
I don't ask my Jewish friends to change the name of Hanukkah, Chanukah to "Holiday" or to call their Hanukkah candles "Holiday Candles" or to call the Menorah a holiday candle holder.”
Semper813 on Dec 7, 2010 at 23:14:53
“I don't want to exclude anyone from celebrating Christmas or any other holiday. My frustration arises from the ridiculous level of political correctness our society exerts on certain things, including Christmas. There isn't a religion/faith (fill in the blank) in the world that hasn't been persecuted over the centuries, including Christianity. I guess it just gets tiresome when you can't call an apple an apple. That said...happy holidays!”
“Here's a big part of the larger problem. You can't. This info about Christ's actual birthday doesn't jive with a literal interpretation of the Bible. It's generally accepted by academics (Christian and non) that spring is a more likely time based on what we know about keeping flocks of sheep and how taxation was managed at the time.
Even different flavors of Christianity don't agree absolutely on this belief. The whole season is about faith, and clearly doesn't require fact or truth to be included in the concept of the celebration. Santa as he exists traditionally and commercially isn't in the Bible, but he surely is included culturally.
At our best, we are learning as a society to include greater diversity in our understanding of the holiday. Mr. Imhofe and his brethren are just lagging woefully behind.”
“Really, it's high time for Christians like Inhofe and his ilk to shove over and give those of us who do not share their specific beliefs a little celebration space. Those of us who hold other beliefs might like to see a little of the cordiality that our culture has extended to Christianity all these centuries. I'm happy to see public expressions of Happy Holiday and Season’s Greetings extended to the world at large. These expressions allow me to feel a little inclusion, and I appreciate it when I see or hear them. Ours is not and should not be regarded an exclusively Christian culture, but in point of fact our whole way of life is heavily influenced by it, and Christianity will dominate the season for the foreseeable future. But as representative of the faith, Inhofe’s whining and childish behavior reminds me of the mindless selfishness demonstrated in the old fable of the dog in the manger.
Inhofe should make an appropriate display of Christ-like generosity as well as a thoroughly American inclusiveness and back off, shut up and ride in the damned parade with a little grace and style.”
Sep 28, 2010 at 13:43:10
“Depends on how your grandmother prepared food. Both of mine deep fried all meats in lard, with or without breading or Karo syrup glazes. All vegetables were cooked until they were mush, and salads were only a gesture at healthy eating and consisted of Iceberg lettuce slathered with French dressing. Even green beans had to be boiled with sugar. I agree with your basic premise, but my Grannies were not the kind of cooks that anyone should emulate today. ( Adorable though they were, of course.)”
IndyJan on Sep 28, 2010 at 13:53:54
“had to reply...your mention of french dressing brought back many memories of "western" dressing....liquid sucker on lettuce....thanks. Oh wait...one tomato wedge too.”
“My crazy-maker is the misuse of "graduated". Everywhere I hear "I graduated college." Whatever happened to the correct "I graduated from college"? The institution issues graduation, not the other way around. A student cannot issue graduation to his college. Yeah, yeah, I know. Common usage may make it acceptable and languages change. But until the meaning of the word "graduation" changes completely, this sloppy usage will annoy me.”
anastasiabeaverhousen on Aug 6, 2010 at 13:28:31
“I actually heard someone on NPR talking about that very thing. They said that years ago, people said "I was graduated from college". That got pared down to "I graduated college" out of sheerlaziness.
“Here in our very rural area, I found a serious communication block when I asked a friend for a favor and he replied "I don't care to do that for you," with a big friendly smile. It took a lot more clarification for me to figure out that he meant he'd be happy to oblige me. I thought it might just be his particular quirk, but in a similar situation with another native of the area, the same phrase was used in the same way! It seems this is a strange local dialect thing. They mean "I don't mind doing that for you". I'm guessing the usage might have something to do with an archaic (or at least old-fashioned) meaning of "care". Has anyone else ever heard this phrase used this way?”
Blarg on Aug 9, 2010 at 15:14:31
“Wow that is a very confusing one.”
ESerafina42 on Aug 6, 2010 at 14:17:46
“I never have - I would have been just as confused as you were! :)”
“Yes. Oh,Yesssss! Someone else out there who sees the world from my height, or lack of it. An additional disadvantage is having to live life at armpit level. For those of you taller people who might still be reading and laughing unkindly, please be thoughtful and bathe regularly. And ALWAYS wear deodorant because while you might get by with other tall folks, we are always the first to experience that most human of odors.
An advantage is that as we age, tiny people tend to be perceived as younger than we really are. That may be because we look up to look at the person we are addressing. When you tilt your chin up, it sort of smooths the neck wrinkles away. Note to Nora Ephron: hang with taller people and you won't hate your neck so much! Conversely, those of us with thinning hair at the crown should be under no illusions that no one notices. They do.
Thanks, dear Tara. So good to hear from a sister petite flower!”
musicd0rk on Jul 13, 2010 at 21:10:03
“At 5'2", half the time when tall people open a door for me, it makes me want to smack them. Why? Because they think they are doing me a favor, or maybe being clever, by just reaching over my head and EXPECTING ME TO WALK UNDER THEIR NASTY ARMPIT! I used to be more polite and say think you, but now, depending on the situation and my mood, I choose a.) push their arm so I can continue without walking under it b.) stop dead and simply state, "I do not want to walk under your arm," and refuse to budge until they adjust or c.) proceed under their arm, but wrinkle my nose and make retching.coughing sounds, sometimes waving my hand furiously in front of my face. And I do NOT thank anyone for behavior that is, at best, thoughtless. I would frankly rather someone let a door slam in my face than walk under someone's armpit.”
Daruni Nara on Jul 12, 2010 at 23:49:43
“I soooo agree with u. I dont really mind about my petiteness, until my face get elbowed in a bus. And of course, all the things mentioned above. And thanks u for higlighting the advantages here ;);)”
Mar 22, 2010 at 17:32:55
“When I spend my summer Saturday nights running full tilt around my restaurant, seating, serving, quipping and schmoozing, I will be doing it in a ladylike sleeveless and fitted dress. And heels. Anyone who objects to the sight of my 60 year old arms may avert their gaze.”
“I don't think that the uses of literature and literary criticism are taught as often as they used to be. It seems our educational system has lost much of it's ability to develop scholars in the humanities generally. There is less emphasis on teaching students to continue learning after school is over, and much of that is done by teaching students to think critically and to develop discernment. We may expect too much from talk-show hosts if we expect them to discuss the conventions of good fiction. We don't read solid history much because that activity is not particularly valued or encouraged, so perhaps we rely on novels for our cultural perspectives in the same way that we get history from Hollywood.
Speaking of film ... I first saw the 1937 version of the movie with my grandmother. We watched it on a Saturday afternoon television matinee, in black and white. It was from her bookshelf that I got the book, which she gave me after we saw the film. The Good Earth was a favorite book and film of hers and I think her generation responded to the privations described in the book after experiencing the privations of the Depression. Americans responded politically to the propaganda elements in the film, a gentler version of the book. Perhaps its not such a surprise that we still tend to lean too hard on our entertainment for cultural and historical information after the last century of film fiction designed to persuade.”
“I read The Good Earth in the early 60's. I loved it in the very romantic days of my early adolescence, but even then, I never viewed it as a window into the Chinese character. In those days, we were taught to rely on properly researched and cited academic material to introduce us to history and to understand that fiction is not necessarily historically accurate.
So glad you wrote this article. These days, I know people who call themselves academics who have trouble putting the energy into real research, and see Wikipedia as a reliable citation for facts. And thanks so much for pointing out the obvious about the era in which Buck set the story.
Thanks for taking note of this particular book and it's proper place.”
hp blogger Celeste Ng on Feb 24, 2010 at 09:51:48
“It's interesting--I recently looked at an older copy of The Good Earth from the early 1960s, and the reader guide in the back asks very different questions than Oprah's. Instead of encouraging the reader to make conclusions about "the Chinese character" and extrapolate ideas about "Chinese culture," it focused on character and plot and style. It didn't assume the book was historically accurate but rather considered what it might reveal about human nature through fictional characters. So I wonder if this tendency to anthropologize fiction is a more recent phenomenon--and if so, why.”
“As a concerned and conservation-minded citizen, bravo to you and your idea! But, as the owner-operator of a tiny pub-restaurant, I have to remind everyone to support your local, eco-conscious restaurants after this week's challenge. We try hard to stay as eco-friendly as we can ... no take-out, no Styrofoam, no paper or plastic cups. We encourage our customers to bring their own containers for leftovers, and use the most "green" foil wrap we can find, paying a premium for it. Those are only a few of the obvious things we've done, and many of our efforts cost more than irresponsible practices. This has been our slowest season on record, so please remember that most of you will want to dine out at least occasionally in the future. Please support your local restaurants as you can, and ensure that they are still there when you are ready to go out again!
Next week, can we please have a "Support Your Local Green Restaurant Week"?
Or how about a week devoted to "How to Dine Out and Stay Green at the Same Time Week"?”