AOI took a short field trip to the local Borders book store today while picking up a bike at the repair shop and checking on the still-bluescreening gateway desktop that remains in the Geek Squad ICU. I haven’t been to Borders for awhile. After I ordered a cup of chai (which I should have bought at the nearby Starbucks since they apparently could use the business), I walked around to get a feel for the cultural zeitgeist. As Ann Althouse wrote about this weekend, there is an obligatory All Things Obama (ATO) shrine kiosk dead center of the store’s entranceway (there were three such ATO kiosks in Althouse’s Madison, Wisconsin Borders, while one kiosk suffices here in the suburbs of DC, apparently).
Borders even had that Gwen Ifill book that caused a bit of a stir a million years ago on the eve of the vice presidential debate, remember that? I stood around for awhile, but the ATO kiosk did not get a lot of play. Totally unscientific observation, of course, but it is simply hard to believe that even the people who really, really like the new President want to read so many books about him. Rather than drop sixteen bucks (during a recession no less!) for a picture -laden rapidly churned out Obama book, many ardent supporters are more more than happy to read thoughtful little snippets about the new President on progressive websites like Talkleft, Daily Kos, and MSNBC.com, for free!
In another four or five weeks these Obama books will likely be moved to the “Current Events aisle, since Borders is a business, after all, while this display may get expanded and moved front and center:
The Watchmen film, as I have written about in the past, is set to premiere on March 9th, so mark your calendars. And read the graphic novel before you go to see it, too. It is still cheaper (for another two or three weeks, anyway) than all of those Obama books displayed in the ATO kiosks, after all.
Post Script. All pics courtesy of my new Blackberry Storm camera, which I am still getting the hang of, as you can tell!