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.