September 29th, 2015.
Although this site is primarily concerned with movie premieres (like "The Martian" - with Damon, Scott, Chastain, Mara, Bean and Daniels.... or "The Intern" - with DeNiro and Hathaway) ... is there any reason why a book launch wouldn't 'count'? Well... firstly : do the GQ Awards count as Awards? Because I attend those. Secondly, based on prior precedent, yes it does because I went to the 2013 book launch of 'S' - co-written by JJ Abrams.
Anyway, point is : I went to the launch of "The Wikileaks Files" in London. Julian Assange, still in London's Ecuadorian Embassy, was going to be joining us live for an interview... and here's the photos:
So... that was that. And the question of whether proceeds from the sale of this book will help Wikileaks fund its work wasn't answered, but then again, I pay more taxes than I buy books so I think my loyalty is going to be hard to fully reckon based on my economic activity. Most of my money seems to go towards whatever countries have the most coffee beans, and whichever hateful conglomerate runs my privatised train line with all the reliability and charm of an African dictatorship...
I'm glad I went, though. If nothing else as a Business Graduate, one of the things I've been programmed as a good little capitalist to hate is monopolies, whether it's in products or culture or information or power. Competition is good - and hegemonic empires seeking to implement one worldview globally for themselves and their closest friends are hardly in the business of ensuring competition.
(Oh, and next time I'm in the USA, I just want the US government to know that while I identify as Australian, I actually travel on an Austrian passport. (To clarify, those are two different countries). So you can't abuse your special friendship with the Land Down Under... instead you'll be up against the (...uh..) might of the Republic of Austria. So be warned).
Until next time.
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