Monday, June 19, 2006


The July Harper's Magazine (not on line yet) contains an article on this subject called "Breaking the Chain: The Antitrust Case Against Wal-Mart" (Barry C. Lynn). I said "A&P" and K. responded "Robinson-Patman" and announced plans to read this article also. In this same issue is part one of a novel called Happyland (J. Robert Lennon). I wasn't going to read it, but got sucked in. It's obviously based on The Pleasant Company, American Girl dolls, Wells College, Pleasant Rowland, and Aurora. The Atlantic, speaking of magazines of small circulation, has been cribbed from extensively following recent events in Iraq, with many shameless and unacknowledged borrowings from this article by Mary Anne Weaver, which was extremely current at just about the very time that it hit the newsstands. Practices in Bentonville are so monopsonistic that vendors actually set up permanent branch offices there.


At 6:00 PM, July 14, 2006, Anonymous Auroran said...

The story behind Happyland's publication:

And the story of the real Happyland:


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