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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Friday, June 03, 2011

If You Can Read This - The philosophy of Bumper Stickers - My Review

While on my way to my favorite brick and mortar book store, I heard Jack Bowen's interview - on NPR last week - about his book, "If You Can Read This".

Bowen's commentary plays well with the subject matter of various bumper stickers and how thought provoking they can be.  His delivery of background information, the logic behind the one-liner witticisms and how packed they are yield insight as to how their wording often jolts the reader stop and think.  His methodical analysis offers a fascinating insight about what makes an interesting, compelling and effective message. 

Bowen's relaxed delivery works well with the subject matter because so much of bumper-sticker logic can be emotionally loaded.  I do wish however, that he would have written more than a few lines on the topic of gun control.  It almost seemed as though he deliberately chose to avoid any commentary on the topic altogether.


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