San Francisco, California

The Punk Rock Essay Machine

Arguments, political pamphlets, essays about civil rights; the longer I look at the Kindle this time around the more I see it as the perfect little punk rock essay machine. Sure, a lot of what I said about the Kindle is still true. But now I feel like this thing has been designed to radicalize me, a pamphlet thrown in my hand on a street corner, asking that I change how I vote.

Maybe it’s just because of what I’ve been reading lately as of course this thing most certainly wasn’t designed to be a platform for essays and what not. It appears that from all the ads I see it was designed instead to sell me as many cheap and easy going novels as it possibly can. But reading novels or longer texts on the Kindle doesn’t feel as satisfying for reasons that I find difficult to point to. But an essay? A very long blog post? That’s the sweet spot for the Kindle! No images, no animations, nothing but pure, unfiltered argument.

I guess I should write something for this thing, huh. Maybe I’ll do that when I have an idea for a longer essay-like thing.

(P.S. the first thing you should do on the Kindle is turn off justification because the first rule of good typesetting is that if you don’t have the time to manually adjust justification by hand—making sure some lines are scrunched together whilst other words are spaced s u p e r far apart—then it’s not worth doing at all. Hmrph!)