Comments: 6
Mike Finn 1 week ago
What a fascinating phenomenon.

It reminds me of what happens when pianos are left all around the city centre in Liverpool for a couple of weeks in the summer. You get everything from chopsticks to Chopin to Ed Sheeran songs.

What fascinates me about this is the communal nature of the writing. I'd love to see this repeated citywide - although I think some people would need to be shown how to use a typewriter - thumbs just won't hack it.
Murder by Death 1 week ago
Your thinking is correct: some of the first entries consist of "Where's the power button?" and one of my favourites: "If I had to write a 5 paragraph essay on this thing, I'd have dropped out of middle school." XD

I agree it would be very interesting to see this done across a city, community or region. I suspect you'd get some fascinating distinctions between urban, suburban and rural. Or, maybe not.
(... and to think that I routinely wrote entire 20- and 50-page homework assignments on an electric typewriter when I was in university ... tempus fugit!)

@Mike: Yet another Liverpool cultural project I'm truly impressed with. Seriously cool.
Ooooh ... must have. What a phantastic idea.

And btw, the bookshop owner's "wildest dreams" just might have come true, too. On the original Amazon Reviewers' Discussion Board (way back in the early 2000s), someone's spoof on a recent occurrence (I don't even remember what that was) triggered a months-, if not year-long thread in which several contributors, most of them with a sci-fi / fantasy literary bend and all with their tongues planted firmly in their cheek, collaboated on what quickly emerged a continuous story, built one spur-of-the-moment post at a time, and satirizing everything from politics and society to reviewer woes to then-occurring shenanigans at Amazon. It made for a hilarous read and I'll never forget Amazon for destroying it when they shut down that DB.
Murder by Death 1 week ago
Honestly, does Amazon do anything, I mean, really ANYTHING that doesn't leave a path of destruction in their wake?
Short answer: No.

They're the proverbial elephant in the china store. And not merely the book business's china store, either.