No, not “shock and awe.” It’s -ed, as in I am shock-ed and awe-ed. And I am. I am shocked at the level of stupidity of the rampaging morons but awed at the concern and cooperation from so many others.
I had planned on doing the third of my articles on Leslie Charteris’ legendary character, The Saint, today. But after the seriousness of the last couple of articles and especially after what’s just happened in Bookland, it just did not feel right to me to just go back to business as usual. I felt we, or at least I, needed some time to digest and mull over this new conflagration.
I spent most of yesterday just wide-eyed with my jaw on the floor as I tried to process and keep up with this new firestorm in Bookland. My Aunt and her aide thought I was completely crazy as I kept interrupting and exclaiming over every new low in craziness. How to explain to an almost 90 year old lady and her aide that book reviews can give birth to so much bat-fucking-shit? Pardon my language.
I first started writing book reviews just to help pass the time during a long hospital stay. I was given two weeks to live but when a few months went by and I was still alive and kicking I had the family bring me my laptop. Then I bought a faster laptop (hospital connections can be crap). Then I added a netbook, too. I had two tables at my hospital bedside. One for medicines and stuff but the other was for my laptop and netbook and my ipod and my cellphone and my stacks of books and notebooks. Hey, if I had to be stuck, dying, in the hospital I was at least not going to be bored.
So I wrote a few book reviews and book lists. And I got all excited when I got a few comments. Then I started following some forums and, wow, I discovered Bookland is really a vast, writhing, steamy Peyton Place. I guess I was naïve. I take that back, I know I was super naïve but I never expected book lovers and writers to act like that or like this.
First I discovered self published authors, then sock puppets, then shill reviews, troll attacks, Badly Behaving Authors, roving bands of rampant trolls, stolen and republished books, self appointed judges, accused bullies, real bullies, doc dropping, rabid stalking would-be avengers, people with no concept of reality, common sense, or self control, and now wild eyed would be serial destroyers. “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!”
And all I did was write a few words about why I liked a couple of books.
I’ve stayed out of most of all the rumblings in Bookland because I felt like I was late to the game and didn’t know all the history and facts. I ranted a bit when some idiot stalked, harassed, and bullied that poor person by sending a letter to her workplace claiming she was a psychopathic danger to the kids she taught because she wrote bad book reviews. I’m a teacher, too. If my principal had gotten a letter like that she would have been rolling on the floor, laughing. At least back before I was hospitalized in 2009. Nowadays? After the movie theater shooting and the Newtown school massacre? Who knows where the laughable stupidity ends and the murderous crazy starts? Who can take the chance? Nowadays, after you goggle at the display of moronic egoism in a letter like that, you have to go call the police and beef up your building defenses because you just never know when some out of control wanna be ruler of the world is going to start killing innocent bystanders to prove how great and brave they are, how RIGHT they are, at least in their own cess-pool shit filled fucking butt-hurt damned bat shitting decayed lump of decrepit shit called a mind. Pardon my language.
It makes me mad. Why the hell can’t I write a review about some book and honestly say whether or not I liked it? If I think it’s a stupid book, why can’t I say that? Why the hell do I have to worry about some beyond stupid idiot stalking and bullying me if they don’t agree with me?
Because I do worry. WE worry. On some of the forums yesterday I saw people saying they had stopped writing reviews and others calling for a boycott of review writing. But I don’t think we can stop. If we do, even for a few days, even for a minute, then the idiots think they have gained power, that they call the shots, that they have won.
You know a lot of people mutter about how this or that government is trying to take control and tell us what to do and think. But I think the real threat to our freedom are the egotistic little morons who imagine they are gods of creation or at least self styled destroyers of any one who disagrees with them. Because we don’t know which of these morons might one day show up on our doorstep or at our work with a gun aimed our way. Because pathetic morons have done just this. And people have stopped writing reviews and freely expressing themselves.
So we have to stand up to the pathetic little morons. We have to call them on their lies and their blind stupidity. But most importantly we need to keep writing reviews. We need to keep expressing our own free opinions.
Thank you to everyone who contributed time, energy, support, and/or plain hard work in facing down the morons. Let’s keep them in the tiny little box where they belong.