aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Not many treats at this candy store

I went to Barnes & Noble today to buy a couple of Disney DVDs for my Sunday School class. I have the appropriate films on tape for a VCR, but that's old tech. The church only has a DVD player, and if they watch it on a laptop they've got the same problem. Well, the two works I wanted are "back in the vault." Too bad, so sad.

So I went home and opened my Amazon account and bought them on-line. They'll be here in plenty of time. End of story. But this post is not about buying videos.

Since most of my library is still packed up and I don't have time to unpack it before leaving for the UK, I thought I'd buy a book to read at B&N. I like to have something to read while I' eating out, solo. It slows me down and helps me enjoy my meal. I found nothing worth reading. In the whole store. Nothing.

So much of what is now published (at least, in the genres I like) is derivative, tired, played-out, repetitive. I just can't get excited over reading (let alone, buying) something that is a pale imitation of the good stuff I've had in my library for years. I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but that doesn't make it any less depressing.

I did find a music CD that looks interesting: a collection of Hallowe'en music from Mannheim Steamroller, "deranged" by Chip Davis. So, there's that to listen to while I drive to Wilderstead this weekend.

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