Back when I lived a in “The City,” I seem to recall the local booksellers proudly proclaiming that they would stock “unpopular” and “controversial” books, as a matter of principle. I guess this no longer applies. Sample quote :
“Our customers are thinking people,” said Nathan Embretson, a bookseller at Pendragon Books in Oakland. “They’re not into reading drivel.”
There’s not a single copy on the shelf. Embretson said no one has asked for it except for one guy, who was kidding.
“He said he wanted to look at it but he also said he didn’t really want to read it,” Embretson said. “Anyway, he certainly didn’t want to buy it. I think he regarded looking at it as a kind of punishment.”
The idea that the mark of a “thinking person” is closing one’s mind to the Other weirds me out. It should weird you out, too. (BTW, Pendragon Books lists a full selection of non-drivel Harlequin Romances, for all you thinkin’ fellers out there.)