· Teens
· · 2012
· · · November
· · · · 01 (2 entries)

Nouveau Spam · Gmail is really good at spam these days. It’s been forever since I’ve seen any pharmaceuticals or watches or penny stocks; the very occasional 419 and virtuous-girl-looking-for-friends leaks through. However, there is a steady flow, one or two per day, of intensely-miscellaneous pitches for products or services that look perfectly reasonable and mainstream — except for being spam-promoted. They’re actually sort of, uh, interesting. Here are a few days’ worth, in the order I received them; the geographic distribution is remarkable ...
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Four Not For Me · I’ve been reading lots this last year (less music, almost no videogames) writing here about the good ones, and mostly silent about the others. But there’s this category of books I didn’t like but you might, because I think the failing might be in me not the work. As in good, but not for me. Herewith, then, words on <a href='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1555975984/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1555975984&linkCode=as2&tag=ongoing-20'>Assumption</a> by Percival Everett, <a href='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1926845382/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1926845382&linkCode=as2&tag=ongoing-20'>Malarky</a> by Anakana Schofield, <a href='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374214913/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0374214913&linkCode=as2&tag=ongoing-20'>Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore</a> by Robin Sloan, and <a href='http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0007149832/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0007149832&linkCode=as2&tag=ongoing-20'>The Yiddish Policemen's Union</a> by Michael Chabon ...
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