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Bay Area Not Maverick Enough To Read Palin Book [Un-American Demographic?]
SFChronicle ^ | November 20th, 2009

Posted on 11/20/2009 4:16:55 PM PST by Steelfish

Bay Area Not Maverick Enough To Read Palin Book

Steve Rubenstein November 19, 2009

It might as well have cooties. Hardly anyone wants to touch the thing, or even get close to it. The new autobiography by moose hunter and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is harder to find in the Bay Area than a hockey mom. Some bookstores figure it's one of those grit-your-teeth First Amendment deals that principled booksellers must put up with from time to time.

But many nonchain bookstores won't handle it. "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." There are no copies of the book at Cover to Cover Booksellers in Noe Valley, either.

"Anything like that we wouldn't carry," said clerk Emily Stackhouse. "We're a small store and it would probably gross us all out. Some things you carry because of freedom of speech, but a book like that is just gross."

One customer did put in a special request for the book one evening but, perhaps thinking better in the light of day, failed to show up and actually pay money for it, Stackhouse said. Sheryl Cotleur, the head buyer for Book Passage, which operates stores in Corte Madera and San Francisco, said the two stores have sold exactly two copies of the book.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: California
KEYWORDS: bayarea; embretson; goingrogue; palin; sarahpalin

1 posted on 11/20/2009 4:16:56 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

What a bunch of elitist idiots. Hope they go out of business.


2 posted on 11/20/2009 4:19:37 PM PST by refermech
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To: Steelfish

Ah, yes. Thinking people. So smart. So refined. Knows what best for all of us. Just ask them. Oh, wait, you don’t even have to ask....they just won’t shut up once they start telling you how you should live your life. That’s why they run such large, successful businesses. (/sarc)


3 posted on 11/20/2009 4:21:36 PM PST by jdsteel (CONGRESS: Take it again in twenty ten.)
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To: Steelfish

so they like to think and then they state that they have not read it but determine it is gross

exactly where was the thinking there?

Typical stuck up elitist yuppie sheep, always following their leaders and have no idea how to actually think for themselves


4 posted on 11/20/2009 4:23:19 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman, end of. -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: Steelfish
I always try to find out who's dog left a steaming pile on my lawn and apply the same policy to "journalists" writing for the local rag - in this case the very provincial SF Chronicle.

On the right.


5 posted on 11/20/2009 4:23:48 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Steelfish

Libs are so open minded! Not.


6 posted on 11/20/2009 4:24:21 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Steelfish

>>”Our customers are thinking people,”

says the liberal bookseller, “and we don’t want them thinking TOO much!”


7 posted on 11/20/2009 4:25:16 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Question O-thority)
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To: Bryanw92
As this story goes viral, I bet "Nathan Embretson, a bookseller at Pendragon Books in Oakland" is not gonna be getting a lot of love from his employer, as he has made said employer look like a close-minded idiot who hates American values.

Which, statistically, is very likely, but hey, let's spread the hate and derision anyway.

I am middle America, hear me roar!

8 posted on 11/20/2009 4:30:03 PM PST by I Buried My Guns (Buy Lots Of Ammo Today)
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To: Bryanw92

Bought my copy today at a Barnes & Noble on a college campus.


9 posted on 11/20/2009 4:30:58 PM PST by The Grammarian (Hail to the (Groveller in) Chief!)
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To: Steelfish
"Our customers are thinking people," said Nathan Embretson, a bookseller at Pendragon Books...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Delusional ignorant idiots.

Liberal logic: "if we read a book with only 2000 buyers, we must be an elite, very exclusive and special group."

MMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmm...K

I believe that 20% of all readers buy 80% of all books. Why do I have the feeling that the radical left, the Neofascists, and the ones who have this attitude, can't possibly account for more than 20% of all book readers max. And that would include, LOL, comic books...

10 posted on 11/20/2009 4:32:14 PM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: Steelfish
"Anything like that we wouldn't carry," said clerk Emily Stackhouse. "We're a small store and it would probably gross us all out. Some things you carry because of freedom of speech, but a book like that is just gross."

I am sure that Miss Stackhouse's small book store (Cover to Cover Booksellers), located in the 'fine' Castro Street district, carries items that would gross out a skunk living in a garbage dump...
But a book by Governor Palin? ... Noooo ... can't touch that one (it would be like throwing water on the wicked witch of Oz).

11 posted on 11/20/2009 4:34:19 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Steelfish

Libs have such an elitist view of “small” enterprises.

If no one is buying it from their small business, it must not be selling, right? Perhaps the truth is no one cares to patronize their small, elitist bookstore. On top of other things, it’s probably filled with strange looking people who’s sex is undetermined and smell a little bad.


12 posted on 11/20/2009 4:34:22 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: Steelfish

Just freeped the comment box at the bottom of the SF Chronicle box:

Too bad we didn’t use the same standards in vetting Obama that were used on Palin, we could have avoided turning over the country to a two-bit Chicago huckster who has given us 10% unemployment and deficits three times those of George Bush. But at least he kept his promise to bring the troops home, right”


13 posted on 11/20/2009 4:35:50 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Steelfish

There’s always mail order. Their loss.


14 posted on 11/20/2009 4:35:50 PM PST by rightwingcrazy
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To: Steelfish

The headline should read BAY AREA NOT INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO READ, RESIDENTS WILL LET PELOSI TELL THEM WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW.


15 posted on 11/20/2009 4:37:23 PM PST by Terry Mross (I voted for McCain and STILL wasted my vote.)
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To: Publius6961
Liberal logic: "if we read a book with only 2000 buyers, we must be an elite, very exclusive and special group."

This exemplifies the mindset of the sf bay area liberal. They seem proud that they are out of step with the rest of the country. They seem unaware we are laughing at them - they think the world is in awe of their intellects.

16 posted on 11/20/2009 4:38:40 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Steelfish

I can understand this. Heck, they probably make far more money selling books titled, “My Mom Billy & Daddy Fred”, “Gerbils, Mans REAL best friend”.

My memory of San Francisco is at least 40 years old. I remember interesting city hills, wonderful old houses, historic buildings, trolly cars, the smell of the wharf, an orange tree in my uncles back yard in Walnut Creek, the miles of the Bay Bridge, the incredible view of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, and the fog. I found it all very sexy. That all seems tainted now. I could never visit that city again. Such a shame.


17 posted on 11/20/2009 4:40:13 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is Americas First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: Huskrrrr

Good for you.


18 posted on 11/20/2009 4:40:52 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: The Grammarian

I always buy Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck books at the B&N on the liberal side of town. I’ll buy “Going Rogue” in the same place. I love seeing open-minded, free-thinking people sneer at me for not thinking exactly like they do.


19 posted on 11/20/2009 4:41:32 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Question O-thority)
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To: Steelfish
They are so out of touch that they think their comments make Sarah Palin look bad instead of making THEM look like elitist, unlikeable jackasses.
20 posted on 11/20/2009 4:42:49 PM PST by KJC1
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To: Steelfish
Embretson said. "Anyway, he certainly didn't want to buy it. I think he regarded looking at it as a kind of punishment."

Most likely Helen Thomas sends a tingle up his leg...


21 posted on 11/20/2009 4:43:43 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Steelfish

The flakes are full of fear! When’s your next quake I want to bring out the popcorn


22 posted on 11/20/2009 4:49:32 PM PST by ronnie raygun (Leaders who refuse to lead will be lead by the people)
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To: Steelfish
"Our customers are thinking people," said Nathan Embretson, a bookseller at Pendragon Books in Oakland

Cynthia McKinney is a thinking congressional democrat...

Thinking democrat protesters...


23 posted on 11/20/2009 4:53:18 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Steelfish

We so need a 1909 repeat in that city.


24 posted on 11/20/2009 4:56:59 PM PST by Lera
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To: Steelfish

A couple of minimum-wage losers get interviewed in a lefty paper and we’re supposed to react to it? Like they have some special knowledge?


25 posted on 11/20/2009 4:57:50 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: Lera
We so need a 1909 repeat in that city.

You mean 1906, right?

26 posted on 11/20/2009 5:01:14 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Steelfish

Fascinating. I notice that there are 15 hits for Mein Kampf at the Book Passage web site. multiple editions, translations, even the sequel. Hitler doesn’t seem to have cooties. They have the most exquisite taste in that neighborhood.


27 posted on 11/20/2009 5:03:09 PM PST by JFerri
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To: Steelfish

Call Nathan at 510 652-6259(bookstore). I did and Emily said he wasn’t “in”. I asked her if she would give him a message for me and she said, “NO” and hung up on me.
I think they need to get some more calls, don’t you?


28 posted on 11/20/2009 5:34:03 PM PST by Mountain Mary
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To: buccaneer81

Oh yeah *blush*
But much bigger this time.
If it gets leveled what happens to Pelosi if she no longer has a district ?
Two birds , one stone , pray.


29 posted on 11/20/2009 5:37:48 PM PST by Lera
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To: Mountain Mary

Will do. Thanks for that nice bit of work.


30 posted on 11/20/2009 5:39:42 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Mountain Mary

Is there a way we can transmit this tel# to all FReepers? Why don’t you post it on chat?


31 posted on 11/20/2009 5:42:22 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Gator113
My memory of San Francisco is at least 40 years old

The 40 year old memories I have are good, but the last visit, 4 years ago (family reunion), included witnessing a shakedown, where a poor elderly man was forced to strip to his shorts, and put to tears, so the two goons could take him for everything he might have in his pockets. This was on a one mile walk between the downtown Hilton and another highbrow hotel. What a mistake ... the walk was fraught with all too many scenes of decadence and soulless lifestyles.

32 posted on 11/20/2009 6:40:20 PM PST by Tellurian (Creativity is having the wit to capitalize on your mistakes)
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To: Steelfish

Closed minded ‘thinking people’ that are too afraid to allow dissenting opinions be displayed in stores

sounds a lot like all the other fascist dictatorships in the 20th century

next up... public book burning and prison sentences for possessing such ‘contraband’ materials


33 posted on 11/20/2009 6:51:11 PM PST by sten
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To: Steelfish

If not for group think, the Bay Area inhabitants would have no think!


34 posted on 11/20/2009 6:55:09 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: Steelfish

That’s the area where Michael Savage was out strolling when a baggy-pantsed teen-ager came up to him and confessed that he listens to him regularly.

I wonder how many other kids are rebelling against that Bay Area Liberalism?


35 posted on 11/21/2009 5:36:26 AM PST by RoadTest ( For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. - I Cor. 3:11)
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To: Steelfish

Done


36 posted on 11/21/2009 6:26:40 AM PST by Mountain Mary
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To: refermech

I understand all San Francisco bookstores carry the official Obama song book. mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm


37 posted on 11/21/2009 11:42:59 AM PST by MacombBob
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To: Cobra64

ROTFL!! I love those pix Cobra, everytime I see them I find myself guffawing aloud, my day is brighter. There must be more out there somewhere!


38 posted on 11/21/2009 2:33:14 PM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: JaguarXKE

libs are too stupid and hateful to recognize their closed mindedness.


39 posted on 11/21/2009 2:35:45 PM PST by Vision Thing (He has a white house, and he wants to paint it black.)
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