Social distancing is a phrase not heard of much until recently, and now it seems to be a phrase heard daily. Combine that phrase with the likes of social isolation and self-quarantine, all caused by the dreaded Corona Virus pandemic, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty horrific existence no matter how you try to spin it. Not much we can do it about it, really, other than wait it out for the next several months.
Here’s a wacky thought. If you’re get pretty frustrated over the choice of original streaming content (if you even have streaming content), try a book! That’s right, the ancient practice of cracking open a tome and discovering its contents may seem obvious but if you haven’t thought of it yourself in the midst of this pandemic, allow me to suggest a possibility…..
Even though Lee Marvin Point Blank came out way back in 2013 and sold very well at the time, it’s still very much available in all 3 formats on Amazon for reduced prices: hardcover, e-book and paperback. Besides, all the tired, old cliches about reading our teachers told us when we first started reading are all still true, maybe now more than ever: It’ll take you out of life and into another realm, it fires your imagination, and the sense of accomplishment after reading a book is second to none!
By the way, speaking of the paperback, I’d like to think my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press, had the forethought to add a relevant aspect just for these crazy days but the truth is the added attraction was based on a growing publishing trend. He had seen how other paperback bestsellers included extra material not in the hardcover and asked me to add a reader’s guide (among other things) based on the subject and themes within the book…..
I’m not positive but I’m pretty sure this section was also added to the e-book, as well. So, if you haven’t done so yet, feel free to read the book (natch!), or reread it, then broach these and other subjects via social media platforms and see what develops from there. I’d be interested to find that out myself. It’s a good way to practice social distancing while interacting at the same time.
Until then, stay safe, stay home, and we’ll all get through this together….and other cliches’ like that there. All good thoughts,
– Dwayne Epstein