Wed 18th March 2009, 8:28pm
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By Mark Morford
Here's the thing. I have a new book coming out, shortly, a sticky megacompendium of my finest and weirdest and most incendiary columns, shot through with all sorts of titillating effluvia: vicious hate mail and banned pieces and stuff that almost got me fired, tidbits from my now-defunct underground Morning Fix newsletter, photos and scraps and beyond. It's called The Daring Spectacle
. It will contain nudity. It will be legal in almost every state.
It will also be available — and I realize I'm taking a huge risk here — on this strange apparatus, known as paper.
It's true. TDS
is, so far and at this moment, to be an actual book, ink and spit and blood and all sorts of classic dead-tree wood-pulp goodness.
It is, in other words, designed to be an actual thing, a physical entity in the world, something to be felt and torn and tossed about, licked and groped and beaten up and loved within an inch of its life and then handed off to that hot barista when you're all done, saying, "Here, you gotta read this, especially the one on page 147 about sociopathic Catholic cheerleaders, and by the way my phone number's in the back."
I know what you're thinking. A whatnow? A book? People still do
that? How very retro. How very 1890. How very Gutenberg.More at the link.