Or because “they deserved it” for daring to enact control over their own bodies and livelihoods.
This is pretty wild.
Whoa. Awesomely mind-boggling.
this is always relevant
Is today your birthday? Congratulations on being common!
Wait, that came out all wrong. I mean congrats on having parents who enjoyed New Year’s Eve!
Is today anyone’s birthday?
Wasting away: Our garbage by the numbers
The average American produces 4.4 pounds of garbage a day.
In today’s culture of mass consumption, the things we throw away often vanish from our minds, but all that trash has to go somewhere. Look at the numbers on garbage and you’ll see it’s more than just trashy — it’s appalling. Luckily, there’s plenty we can do about it.
42% of people who graduate from college never read another book.
That’s just sad.
Dear Apsiring Writers (including myself):
Take note. While toiling away, trying to write a meaningful story that justly captures some aspect of the human experience, remember that publishing, like any creative pursuit, is first and foremost a business. You could write the greatest tale that has ever been told, but if no one believes that’s it’s marketable, no one will publish it. Meanwhile, someone who is famous for tanning, teasing her hair and getting excessively drunk in public will get a book published almost instantly because the publisher knows it will make them a lot of money.
- 33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
- 42% of college graduates never read another book after college.
- 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
- 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
- 57% of new books are not read to completion.
- 70% of books published do not earn back their advance.
- 70% of books published do not make a profit.
Knowing all of this, publishers pander to the lowest common denominator. They are far more likely to publish a terrible book that will sell a million copies than a brilliant book that will sell five hundred copies. Taking a gamble on a book they know almost no one will read is simply not worth their money.
However, you can at least try to take solace in the fact that in twenty years, people will still be reading, analysing and loving Poe’s work, yet no one will remember or care who Snooki is.
This is pathetic.
I’m never without a book. I can’t imagine not reading. What do people who don’t read do with their time?