Sempre Susan by Sigrid Nunez was the first Emily Book that I bought, one year ago this week. Emily Books, of course, is the ebook store started by Emily Gould and Ruth Curry. They pick really, really good books that you probably haven’t read or even heard of and make it easy for you to buy them and read them on your phone or Kindle or tablet or whatever instantly without giving money to mean conglomerates. We’ve run an excerpt from one of their books (also great) and I spoke with Emily about buying ebooks last year.
ANYWAY, Sempre Susan. It’s about Susan Sontag as a mentor. An imperfect mentor! I’ve now read it maybe six times? Maybe more. Sometimes I just read through list of parts I have highlighted (TECHNOLOGY), but that usually just turns into reading the whole thing again. It’s short and good and inspirational and quiet and for the rest of this month it is 30% off with a discount code AND you can also get a hard copy sent to you in the mail for $1, which is how I wish it always worked when you bought ebooks and music and television shows and movies online. But it doesn’t work like like that. Except this time it does.
The book is $12.99. With discount that’s like $9, which as we all know, is practically free. I suppose I should put the Amazon link here but I’m not going to. It’s $7.99 there, so: Cheaper. Yes. BUT AT WHAT COST. (Books, writers, readers, authors, workers.)