Friday, June 12, 2009
Pulpfiction Books turns 9 years old today!
Heartfelt thanks to all our current customers, and to everyone who has ever sold or traded us books, read in the front room, arrived with cold alcohol in tow, sent friends and/or family in to buy books, dated and/or moved in with a staff member, brought an animal by to "visit" (rabbits; birds; cats; dogs; ferrets; goat; turtle; stuffed cats), voted for us in a "Reader's Choice" poll, special ordered a book, picked up a special order, burned us a cool mix CD, borrowed the key to go look at CSA Space, arrived with donuts or croissants, written kind words about us in a local or international publication, provided legal, accounting or other professional services, helped bust a shoplifter, sold us a book with an odd or revealing photograph in it, talked comics / music / film / videogames / The Cure / unicorns / Steely Dan / photoconceptualism / poetry / points of issue at the desk, asked us for books about cats who solve mysteries, & etc.
Thanks, everyone. Thank you.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
[posted by James N.]
This past week was the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) Video Game Convention. One of game publisher Electronic Art's games on display this year was Dante's Inferno based on the first book of The Divine Comedy.
The player controls Dante, a veteran of the Crusades who must chase his beloved Beatrice and try to free her soul from Lucifer’s grasp. As his pursuit takes him deeper into the pits of Hell, he must battle ever more fierce and hideous monsters, while also facing his own sins, a dark family past, and his unforgivable war crimes.
It might be a bit of a stretch, if you're a literary purist, but on the other hand, at least it classes up the video game world, right? Well, fundamentalist Christians don't seem to think so, and showed up in protest at E3:
It seems that gaming giant EA, (that's Electronic Anti-Christ for those of you church folk) has angered the religious denizens of LA with its sinfully spectacular title, Dante's Inferno. The 'Go to Hell' tagline seems to the main focus of debate, with angry protesters warning ignorant gamers to steer clear of the title, regarding it as 'tainted' and 'evil.'Dante's Inferno Official Game Site
"We are on a crusade to stop the blasphemous glorification of HELL and its minions as presented by Dante's Inferno. The ever decaying youth and slovenly adults who engage with Dante's Inferno are a victim of our society's pointless need to flirt with Satan and his lustful campaign to corrupt human souls...We say NO. We say inferNO."
And if that's not weird enough for you, there's talk of making a video game out of Walden. I guess you'd win points by avoiding people?
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Sandor Ellix Katz's Wild Fermentation. Part cookbook, part ecological manisfesto, part biochemistry textbook. Another one of those titles that we finally broke down and ordered new after being asked at least twice weekly for it. Also includes recipes for delicious alcohol, including coffee-banana flavored t'ej (Ethiopian honey wine). Awesome bibliography and supplier lists, too, if you can't wait to get started making pickles, brined meats, yogurt, gv-no-he-nv (Cherokee sour corn drink) & etc.