Friday, February 16, 2007

V spends the afternoon browsing the local thrifts, scoring a vhs copy of the above for 2 bucks. Meanwhile I'm busy hurling copies of The Secret (hardcover book $28.99 - DVD $58.99!) over the counter as fast as customers can fork over their hard earned cash. What is The Secret? In a nutshell, some new-school mental projection bullshit dubbed "The Law of Attraction" (you can have anything you want if you just wish it hard enough!) mixed with a kind of weird new-age social darwinism that would have made Ayn Rand giggle like a schoolgirl ( victims-all victims-are entirely to blame for their own fate and should be ignored; Katrina victims, Cancer victims, Tsunami victims, all of them; vibrating at the "wrong frequency" according to the book's "author"/editor Rhonda Byrne) all packaged together into a multi-media extravaganza (Book! DVD! CD! All sold separately of course) that seriously claims to hold the key to everything, "unlimited joy, health, money, relationships, love, youth, everything you have ever wanted."
Rhonda's been on Oprah twice now to promote the whole shebang ( The Secret apparently changed Oprah's life forever, which makes me wonder, just how many times can Oprah have her life changed? Shouldn't there be a limit on this? Does the woman have a constant bone in her body?) and the phenomenon shows no signs of slowing. Over a hundred copies of the book and dvd sold today alone at the store (the stacks shrinking so fast they reminded me of those stop motion films of carcasses being dissembled by ants.) General consensus among the staff: this is some pretty sad (and scary) shit to have to be a part of.
As the late Bill Hicks said, "Folks, it's time to evolve."