Friday, March 20, 2009
And the discount doesn’t hurt, either.
As part of my job as the opening bookseller on Saturday mornings, I have to scan the new fiction and romance titles into the computer. I use this fancy laser device that reads the barcodes and creates lists which are then accessible to booksellers throughout the week, so that they know what titles are on the "new fiction" and "new romance" shelves.
Suffice it to say, I come across some hilarious titles. Primarily in the romance section, of course. Back during the Christmas shopping season, I took a couple minutes out of my day to record the best titles currently on display. (I could put together a whole new list for the titles up now, but this will do nicely.)
- The Mane Attraction
- A Knight Well Spent
- Tall, Dark, and Texan
- Lord of the Forest
- Single White Vampire
- All I Want For Christmas Is a Vampire
- Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa
Despite the amount of junk published every week, in an age of iPhones and Kindles, I am glad to be in a place where tangible books are made available for people to peruse and purchase. As much as I love technology, nothing beats the feel and smell of a new book (whether actually new or a used book newly acquired).
Perhaps at a future date I will post some thoughts about the moral-ethical side of working at a bookstore. I don’t mean the whole capitalist-industrial complex bit. Rather, I mean the things you learn as a worker having to handle customers who are often difficult and abrasive. It can be a real lesson in patience. But that’s for another day.
Tonight at 7:30, Roger Olson will give his plenary lecture. For the full schedule of events, click here.
“Why Study Pietism?: The Significance of the Pietist Impulse in Christianity”
"We of the Broken Body: Toward a Piety of Hope and Reconciliation”
“The ‘Strangely Warmed’ Mind: John Wesley, Piety, and Higher Education”
“Pietism: Myths and Realities”
“The Challenge of Pietism for the Ministry and the Laity”
“The Board of Trustees of Wheaton College has announced that President Duane Litfin will retire from his position in mid-2010. As Wheaton's seventh president since its founding in 1860, Dr. Litfin has served the College for almost 17 years. ...
The Board of Trustees has appointed a Presidential Selection Committee to conduct the search and selection process for Wheaton's eighth president. They invite nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of President.
Please visit www.wheaton.edu/
In all fairness to Pres. Litfin, he did a half-way decent job. He is certainly a brilliant fundraiser. It’s just too bad that his fundamentalist and dispensational theological views led to some really poor decision-making on his part and a culture at Wheaton that was largely inhospitable to progressive political and theological work. Let’s pray that the trustees can find a suitable replacement that will bring Wheaton College back into the vanguard of evangelical scholarship.