[On Barnes & Noble reissuing classic novels with ethnically diverse covers for Black History Month]
Everybody knows what's really going on here. The Death Cultists who run oldpub are launching another orgy of iconoclasm against the false idols that might tempt true believers to seek truth and beauty instead of nihilism. A book's cover is 80% of buy decision. Plastering great works of Western civilization with blaxploitation movie covers is a great way to confuse people out of reading them.
No cult can exist without a satanic foil, and the Death Cult has fixated on the white devil. Unfortunately, the rank and file of the Cult didn't get the fatwa their high priests issued.
If this debacle is any indication of future results, James Daunt's much-touted resuscitation of Barnes and Noble looks to be DOA. Giving each store in the chain the freedom to operate like an indie doesn't help if those stores are independently run by delirious witches.
Stock tip: Sell B&N and invest in popcorn futures.
And as always, don't give money to people who hate you. New book on that coming soon!
In the meantime, buy books whose covers accurately reflect the fun inside--like my mind-blowing Soul Cycle!