Black Friday, for those of you unfamiliar with the term, is the Friday after Thanksgiving here in the States, and traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Stores have sales on that day only, and people trample each other to get into the Walmart first, to make sure they score a [insert name of this year’s equivalent of Tickle Me Elmo here] before supplies run out.
The name derives from the world of the bookkeepers, who denote losses with red ink and profits with black. Retail outlets tend to run red all year, and only go into the black — that is, turn a profit — on the day after Thanksgiving. Hence, Black Friday. (It has nothing to do with race. It might have something to do with Stendhal, but it has nothing to do with race).
I’ve been thinking about Black Friday because it’s the day after tomorrow, but also because Our Fearless Leader got this letter from one of our favorite readers:
Is there a central list somewhere of all the TNB folks who have books? I like to give books as Christmas gifts, and this year I thought it’d be cool if I could try to give mostly books by TNB’ers or other people I know.
First of all, my munificent friend, what a fantastic idea! Books by TNB’ers — TNBooks, if you will — make excellent stocking stuffers. Not only would you be spreading comfort and joy with such dynamite reading material, you’d also be supporting broke struggling emerging writers. Thanks so much for the idea!
Well, you asked for a central list, and here it is — on Amazon, so you don’t have to trample anyone to score your copy of Pop Salvation. Although you could if you wanted to. Hey, live and let live, right?
I should also add that these fine TNBooks are not only great Christmas gifts; they also make perfect presents for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Solstice, and Valentine’s Day, as well as whatever holidays they have in New Zealand that we don’t celebrate stateside (Zara: help).
Once again, here is that link. Act now. Operators are standing by. Supplies are limited. And if you order all the books on the list, you’ll get a…a…er…hmm…OK, how about this…Simon Smithson will Skype you on your birthday and sing. Yeah. That works.
But seriously. Thanks for the idea, and for your support, and happy Thanksgiving (unless you don’t live in the U.S., in which case, bummer for you that you have to work tomorrow).
If you’re a TNB writer and I missed your book, sorry about that, and please let me know asap.