What Good Are Gimmicks
The cobwebs of Halloween have not yet been fully swept away, yet boughs of holly are already decking the halls of many retailers. Normally I would complain about this because I love Thanksgiving so much, but the rushing of Christmas provides me with a blog post topic. So, I will keep it all bottled up until the Airing of Grievances comes around. For the moment, I will tell you this little story: A friend of mine recently said to me, "I was suckered into buying a something this week purely based on marketing!"
I was intrigued.
What We Can Learn from Les Misérables
I've spent the last four month reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It's a massive novel whose chapters are only outnumbered by its acclaims. If you know (at least the mainstream) story line, you know that it is great story—that is not to be taken for granted, here. However, the best part about the book is not the story. Hugo goes into extreme detail about a very minor character—very minor. It can be frustrating at first, but when you finally get to this character's one significant act the background knowledge adds so much weight that it almost brings tears to your eyes. However, it is not Hugo's command of detail that makes this book so great either.
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