Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Container City: Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, one of the world’s busiest ports.
Eight years ago, when Canadian writer Emily Schultz published her first novel, “Joyland,” she could not have anticipated that it would garner attention not for its literary merit, but for its future ties to bestselling author Stephen King. Several Amazon customers, looking for King’s 2013 novel, found Schultz’s e-book instead (King’s “Joyland” was only recently released via e-book). Without ever realizing the work they were reading wasn’t by King, they left some nasty reviews about how un-King-like the book was. Schultz’s book was doomed to be eclipsed by the thriller writer, possibly forever.
But this week, Schultz discovered a silver lining: royalties! As she writes in her new Tumblr, “Spending The Stephen King Money,” the delayed benefits from those sales are piling in:
“Apparently there were a lot of confused readers as this week I got a—for me—big royalty check for those mistaken books. I’m not so upset anymore. Sure, it’s more a pleasant surprise than a fortune, and I’m stuck with those reviews, but I thought a blog detailing how we’re spending the Stephen King money would be a nice way to end this funny and strange story.”
Her blog chronicles the purchases she’s made with her new play money, courtesy of the famous writer. Some of Schultz’s purchases include the self-titled St. Vincent album ($9.99), a haircut for her boyfriend ($42), a deductible on bumper repair ($200), Patricia Lockwood’s “Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals” and William Friedkin’s “The Friedkin Connection” ($32.95) and dinner at a fancy Indian restaurant ($146.94).
“Would Stephen King like it?” she wonders about each purchase. “King probably still remembers how long writers can push it between haircuts,” she writes. And perhaps he’s been to Junoon — it’s “in a publishing neighborhood so it’s quite possible he’s been there. Also, what sane person wouldn’t like deep fried paneer?”
King’s next book, “Revival,” will be out in 2014 — but before any authors of similarly titled books get excited, this edition is due out in Kindle on the same date.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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Angry Crowd: People jostle for food relief distribution following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
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Suburban Sprawl: aerial view of landscape outside Miami, Florida, shows 13 golf courses amongst track homes on the edge of the Everglades.
Toxic Landscape: Aerial view of the tar sands region, where mining operations and tailings ponds are so vast they can be seen from outer space; Alberta, Canada
Ice Waterfall: In both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, ice is retreating. Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway
Satellite Dishes: The rooftops of Aleppo, Syria, one of the world’s oldest cities, are covered with satellite dishes, linking residents to a globalized consumer culture.
Child Brides: Tahani, 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada, 8, and her husband in Hajjah, Yemen, July 26, 2010.
Megalopolis: Shanghai, China, a sprawling megacity of 24 Million
Big Hole: The Mir Mine in Russia is the world’s largest diamond mine.
Clear-cut: Industrial forestry degrading public lands, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Computer Dump: Massive quantities of waste from obsolete computers and other electronics are typically shipped to the developing world for sorting and/or disposal. Photo from Accra, Ghana.
Oil Spill Fire: Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico
Airplane Contrails: Globalized transportation networks, especially commercial aviation, are a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo of contrails in the west London sky over the River Thames, London, England.
Fire: More frequent and more intense wildfires (such as this one in Colorado, USA) are another consequence of a warming planet.