Scheduled for release to the Kindle and in analog dead tree form in April — the 17th, not the 1st surprisingly — is The Occupy Handbook, complied by Janet Byrne and published by the Hachette Book Group, the second largest publisher in the world, according to Wikipedia.
The book’s Amazon description claims:
Analyzing the movement’s deep-seated origins in questions that the country has sought too long to ignore, some of the greatest economic minds and most incisive cultural commentators – from Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Robert Reich, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gillian Tett, Scott Turow, Bethany McLean, Brandon Adams, and Tyler Cowen to prominent labor leaders and young, cutting-edge economists and financial writers whose work is not yet widely known – capture the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon in all its ragged glory, giving readers an on-the-scene feel for the movement as it unfolds while exploring the heady growth of the protests, considering the lasting changes wrought, and recommending reform. A guide to the occupation, THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK is a talked-about source for understanding why 1% of the people in America take almost a quarter of the nation’s income and the long-term effects of a protest movement that even the objects of its attack can find little fault with.
Since it’s likely still in pre-production, for completion’s sake, here are some helpful suggestions to flesh-out the book:
- Which police cars have the smoothest surface to excrete against.
- What not to say to the media when you’re interviewed after an altercation with the police.
- Why David Duke totally digs OWS.
- The camp rapist: misunderstood soul?
- How to be the first protest dedicated to preserving the status quo.
- How my $90,000 in student loans for a degree in deconstructionist lesbian poetry led me to spend 93 days sleeping in a tent in downtown New York.
- #Occupymobiusloop: How to run up your student debt even more studying #OWS.
- Occupy Your Backyard! It’s not just for ten year olds playing GI Joe anymore.
- How to win friends and influence people by terrorizing minimum wage bank tellers.
- Those who attempt to appease you are simply showing weakness — attack! — whether it’s 1939 or 2011.
- Radical Chic: look sharp — look Soviet!
- Left-wing anti-Semitism: the hot new trend for the 21st century.
- The Bible: Like the Constitution, it’s over 100 years old and outdated. Best to discard by throwing it at your enemies.
- Churches too are part of the 1 percent. Steal with impunity.
- JFK was a plutocratic One Percenter. Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what your country can do for you!
- If we’re so hip, how come the people supporting us are so damn old?
- Why is a prominent spokesman for General Electric supporting OWS?
- If we’re so radical and dangerous, why do establishment media sources like the New York Times, a major publishing house, and Time magazine think we’re so cool?
I’m sure there are numerous other topics that could help make this title the best it can be, so feel free to add yours in the comments. Or maybe just occupy the Hachette Book Group’s New York offices, since they’re giving such protests their blessing by going all in with them.
(Headline suggested by the eminent Abbot H. Hoffman.)