Monday, August 17, 2009

Hypocritical, anti-materialist drivel sells

Peter Foster’s pick of popular junk reading:

... my all-time stinker in terms of tomes whose sales were inverse to their quality, and which thus tell us something depressing about human nature, I would have to pick Mitch Albom’s "Tuesdays with Morrie".

... on The New York Times bestseller list for almost five years ...

... if Morrie’s philosophy is so refined, so against the crass conventional wisdom, so at odds with American culture and society, why did more than five million people buy the book? Because, it seems, anti-materialist hypocrisy, like junk economics and junk science, sells.

Read the whole thing.

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