I struggle with the benefits and detriments of social media. I understand that most think it's a way to stay connected with others, but is it really? Are connections via social media really connections? I know I am spending an incredible amount of time on Facebook. It's beginning to feel like channel surfing on TV. I spend an hour scrolling through my "news feed" and the only thing I feel is that I just spent an hour that I could have been doing something else. I know I'm not the only one.
Earlier this week, I took steps to move away from social media, even just a bit. I deactivated my Twitter account and took down my Three Dollar Poetry FB page. Being on Twitter was pointless. I found myself getting irritated and angry with the uninformed opinions, the fake profiles, and the click bait posts that litter the feed. It's been four days now and I am happy to report that I don't miss it.
The Facebook page seemed kind of pointless. It's main purpose for many is to promote a business. Yes, I have a business but I don't have my shop on Facebook. Anything I post in my Etsy shop can be easily shared on my personal page. It was duplication and therefore pointless. So down it went.
For now, I will keep my Facebook and Instagram accounts. Instagram has been beneficial for me and my Etsy shop. Facebook, eh, well, I plan on spending less time there. You are probably reading this right now because you followed a link I posted on Facebook. That's totally a good thing, thanks for clicking the link!
Here is where I ask a favor. If you like my posts and content, you can also get notifications of new posts via email. Just go to the Contact page and fill out your information. I will NOT inundate your inbox with pointless emails. I don't post very often, either. I you subscribe I will only send you a notification that says "Hey, I just posted a new....um...post, and it would be really cool if you read it"
I do have the aspiration to post on a more regular basis, but it still won't be daily. I doubt it would even be weekly.
There's also a newsletter form on Three Dollar Poetry, my other website.
I would also love to gain a few pen pals. I love writing typewritten (of course) letters. Do you want to correspond? Email me your address at email@example.com. I would love that.
So, that's it, there is my goal: to fade away and check out from most social media. I will, however, always appreciate the cat pictures, the insomnia-induced posts, and updates on how you are doing.
In Raymond Chandler's final novel, Playback, Philip Marlowe finds himself hired by an attorney that he doesn't know to follow a woman without giving any reason, only to report back to the attorney with periodic updates. Marlowe begins to suspect that he is not being given enough information, so he attempts to dig further. This, of course, brings him into contact with several unsavory characters, along with the woman he is supposed to follow. As one would guess, as they say, the plot thickens.
Playback was published in Great Britain in July of 1958 and the US the following October. Raymond Chandler died the following year. That being said, Playback is not Chandler's best work, perhaps reflecting his ongoing health issues. One senses that Chandler felt he felt an urgency to finish the novel but was unable to give it a final edit.
Despite this, it is still a classic noir tale. Chandler and Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon) were the creators and masters of the noir, or hard-boiled, genre. Despite its minor flaws, such as a fairly pat finale, Playback will still be an important part of Chandler's canon.
The novel was reworked from an original screenplay by Chandler. Ironically, Playback is the only novel by Chandler not made into a film.
I recommend this book as an important part of the noir genre, with 4 out of 5 stars.
More books by Raymond Chandler:
The Big Sleep
Farewell, My Lovely
The Long Goodbye
The Lady in the Lake
The High Window
The Little Sister
Trouble is My Business (short stories)
The Simple Art of Murder (short stories)
All links are to Thriftbooks. Of course, check your local used or independent book store.
To read more about Raymond Chandler, follow the link here.