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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Consumption, Books, and Reproduction

So this week I discovered two things:

1. ABE.com has been purchased by Amazon.com. Read more here.

and

2. Isabella Rossellini is into insect sex and is wonderful and mad.

The first piece of news distresses me. I have worked in an independent bookstore, Diesel, A Bookstore, for a few years now, and have sadly watched other incredible independents go out of business around me. Most people don't really realize the great benefit independent bookstores bring to their community--indies are so often the places, like public libraries, where public discourse occurs, and where new ideas are introduced and disseminated. I very much hold online book-sellers like Amazon responsible for irrevocably damaging independents.

The second discovery delights me. I have known for quite some time that Isabella Rossellini is a wonderful actress who makes interesting choices. These videos on the Sundance channel have cemented this knowledge and, indeed, have lead me to the new understanding that she is, in actuality, a genius.

You can watch her episodes of insect-on-insect interaction here. One must give respect to any artist who creates life-size paper replicas of bugs, and then does what she does. The Bee episode is probably my favorite.

Perhaps there is a relationship between the often cannibalistic sex of life of insects and the uber-capitalist society in which we now live. Perhaps not, but the discovery of both the above topics nevertheless leads to intriguing juxtapositions.

4 comments:

saudade said...

Boo about ABE. What a sad day.

But thank you for the link to Green Porno. They are amazing. Funny, the bee is my favorite too.

Trevor said...

the bee was the cutest, and was triumphant--greatness requires *ahem* sacrifice.

Mark said...

Damned Sundance Channel won't show me the videos because I'm "in the wrong territory".
Fuc*ing breadheads, man.

Trevor said...

Hey Mark,

Here are a couple of links on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNF0ADLIswk

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eePxQM2aWH4

Yeah!