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Against Amazon

Jorge Carrion

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Translated from the Spanish by Peter Bush

The first essay in this book is called "Against Amazon: Seven Arguments: A Manifesto." I list all 7 arguments here as an anthem we all ought to learn by heart (CF):

1) BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO BE AN ACCOMPLICE TO SYMBOLIC EXPROPRIATION
2) BECAUSE WE ARE ALL CYBORGS, BUT NOT ROBOTS
3) BECAUSE I REJECT HYPOCRISY
4) BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO BE AN ACCOMPLICE TO A NEW EMPIRE
5) BECAUSE I DON'T WANT THEM TO SPY ON ME WHILE I AM READING
6) BECAUSE I DEFEND BEING SLOW YET QUICK, AND RELATIVELY CLOSE
7) BECAUSE I'M NOT INGENUOUS

 

A history of bookshops, an autobiography of a reader, a travelogue, a love letter—and, most urgently, a manifesto.

Good bookshops are questions without answers. They are places that provoke you intellectually, encode riddles, surprise and offer challenges … A pleasing labyrinth where you can’t get lost: that comes later, at home, when you immerse yourself in the books you have bought; lose yourself in new questions, knowing you will find answers.

Picking up where the widely praised Bookshops: A Reader’s History left off, Against Amazon and Other Essays explores the increasing pressures of Amazon and other new technologies on bookshops and libraries. In essays on these vital social, cultural, and intellectual spaces, Jorge Carrión travels from London to Geneva, from Miami’s Little Havana to Argentina, from his own well-loved childhood library to the rosewood shelves of Jules Verne’s Nautilus and the innovative spaces that characterize South Korea’s bookshop renaissance. Including interviews with writers and librarians—including Alberto Manguel, Iain Sinclair, Luigi Amara, and Han Kang, among others—Against Amazon is equal parts a celebration of books and bookshops, an autobiography of a reader, a travelogue, a love letter—and, most urgently, a manifesto against the corrosive influence of late capitalism.

Paperback || 224 pages || 5.25" x 8.25" || Biblioasis