Jasmine Becket-Griffith (jasminetoad) wrote,
Jasmine Becket-Griffith

A Night Off

Matt & I had a lovely evening! We went to the Cheesecake Factory and to Barnes & Noble.

I have a small rant about bookstores and how they categorize books. A couple of rants.

Rant The First:
The things that many bookstores (not necessarily B&N) lump together as "New Age". It irks me to see a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching next to Alien Abductions and Crop Circles. As if they aren't just a slightly different calibre. Why aren't they in the "Religion" section? Why would a 6 thousand year old religion be in "New Age"? What Western bias.

Rant The Second:
OK bookstores, you need to decide where your Fantasy/SciFi art goes. EXAMPLE: In the same store, I want to see what Brian Froud books are available. Art section? SciFi/Fantasy section? Both are right! Usually they put a couple of them in each. His "Faeries" book was in the "Art" section, and his other books were in the "Fantasy/SciFi" section. Boris Vallejo's books were in the fantasy section. HR Giger's Retrospective was in the Fantasy/SciFi section but his Necronomicons were in the Art section. This sort of thing happen in EVERY bookstore. They sprinkle the books throughout the store in no particular order. I wonder where my book's gonna be. Since Brian Froud's getting top-billing they'll probably stick a few copies in each section. Hopefully it will be in the "Best Sellers" section at the front of the store =)
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