Friday, August 29, 2008

Takiji Kobayashi: Writer's Revenge

Japan: Marxist book turns bestseller 79 years on
A 79-year-old tale of rebellion among a fishing boat crew has become an unlikely summer hit among young Japanese people facing economic decline and rising poverty. Sales of Kani Kosen (The Crab Ship) have soared, keeping it at or near the top of bestseller lists since May, an unheard of achievement for such an earnest work.

Written by Takiji Kobayashi in 1929, the novel quickly became Japan's answer to The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell's critique of capitalism. But Kobayashi paid for his radicalism in 1933 when he was tortured to death by the secret police at the age of 29.

Emphasis added by me.

That is why Apple's banning mattered.

Yet there are assholes who sit in the comfort of their fucking homes typing masturbatory copy for gadgets who think writing is, like, nothing.

No one will break down your door because you didn't like the latest gadget.

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