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A FILTHY BUSINESS - Kindle in Motion

Friday, April 28, 2017

Just a quick note about the new book, A FILTHY BUSINESS.

The book has been coolly illustrated with videos and photographs by a smoking production company in Seattle.  You can read it without the illustrations if you choose, but if you read your Kindles on an iPad or a Kindle Fire or any other tablet or computer, including your phone, you can turn on the Kindle in Motion and get the illustrations for no extra charge.

I was involved in working with the production company every step of the way. The key, I thought, was to enhance the story instead of pulling the reader away from the story, and I think the stuff in this book does just that.  There is no sound in the videos, which would be distracting, but, for example, when Phil talks about a wild drug fueled orgy, the left margin of the page shows a stream of pills and joints falling in an endless loop, which gives a nice hallucinatory sense to the words.

There is one moment in the book when Phil discusses his grandfather's death and he remembers eating ice cream and watching cartoons on television and being perfectly happy even though his grandfather had just died because, well, because he was eating ice cream and watching cartoons.  As he relays this we see a little video of a bowl of ice cream set on a tray before a television spooling a little cartoon. That's my favorite image in the book and the video slays whenever I see it.

So there it is.  Give it a shot and let me know if you think the illustrations enhanced the experience of the book.

 





 

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