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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

After watching Cersei's GOT walk of shame on Sunday, I got to thinking: Wouldn't it be nice if LJ had its own rebirth of sorts, and returned to exploring productive ideas on how Barnes & Noble might rebound in the current business climate? Way back when I started posting here, I made the following predictions on how BN might stay viable:

1. Comfy chairs & couches, making the bookstore a destination to relax, read, and have coffee.
2. Expanded Cafe service, including a better menu, and wine bars at certain locations.
3. Smaller on-site book selections, focused on fast-moving titles.
4. In-house POD machines, allowing immediate printing - rather than ordering.

Now, who wants to guess why I'm bringing this up again?


Jul. 5th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: The smithback mentality is destroying this country.
Guys, how can you not see that we're talking about the same thing? Your desire to fire everyone and start over is just a reckless way of saying "change the goddamn business plan." Why can't you admit that's what BN has been doing all along? Isn't corporate restructuring - and the removal/replacement of antiquated people, policies, and ways of thought - EXACTLY what you're asking for? I will happily be your smarmy scapegoat if it gets your attention, like a babysitter clapping her hands to stop a child from sticking a fork into a light socket.

Honestly, what frustrates me most about folks responding to my posts months after the fact is that their denial is just like cancer. It's like watching someone notice blue moles on their face while looking in the bathroom mirror, but saying "This is the SUN's fault, not mine!" Forget your family's predisposition for melanoma - or the fact that survival requires not only tough medical choices, but acknowledging that your own behavior triggered the cancer gene - WHAT must you do to fix the problem that's literally staring you in the face? Do you blame your doctor? Ronald Biore? Your bookstore's fluorescent lighting? Or maybe it's easier to blame the Smithbacks of the world who have been trying to wrench the goddamn fork out of your hand before you hurt yourself - and in turn, everyone around you?

Children, listen to the adults: We are talking...about...the same thing.
Jul. 6th, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: The smithback mentality is destroying this country.
I already knew you were an idiot... you'd have to be to mistake legitimate concerns about the company's direction from booksellers who have rolled with all the punches -- NOOK, toys & games, Get Pop Cultured, all of it -- for juvenile whining.

And now you've compared us, or our concerns, or both, to cancer. We're cancer, guys.

Fuck off, Smithback. I'd wish you Stage IV ball cancer, but that would be too good for you.
Jul. 7th, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: The smithback mentality is destroying this country.
(Leaning in close and clapping once, loudly). I called you "children," not cancer. Please read more carefully.
Jul. 7th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: The smithback mentality is destroying this country.
Does it even matter? Children, cancer, denial, forks stuck in light sockets or up your cornhole... it's all the same: the laughable smarmy condescension that has made you both the king of this particular (mostly abandoned) little hill and its most pathetic denizen.

Fuck off and let BNLJ die, finally.
Jul. 10th, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: The smithback mentality is destroying this country.
The ship is sinking and if you don't agree you're either in denial or in corporate


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