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On The Pedophiles Who Didn't Want to Hurt Children

This was a good interview and the article is a tough read.

I miss my Awl.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm 1

On Word Disrupted

@KarenUhOh Dismemberers

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm 0

On The Book I Didn't Write


Posted on July 26, 2014 at 10:37 am 0

On Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

@happymisanthrope That's very kind of you and I don't want you to feel judged. But let me throw this out there in a non-dickish way: I don't pay US taxes (technically I do, but definitely not local property taxes that fund libraries). Wouldn't me borrowing someone's (or even getting one of my own) library card be far worse that me paying for books -- full price -- through Amazon? So many dilemmas in the Modern Life.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm 0

On Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

@happymisanthrope I just looked at Oyster today -- it's a lovely site. But I searched books on my Amazon wish list and only 1 or 2 were there (which was 1 or 2 more than Amazon Unlimited offered, but still)

I guess my commitment to anti-Amazonness is weaker than my commitment to reading what I want the second I want it. It is probably equivalent to my desire to download/learn/manipulate another app when I have one already that works every single time. As for a library, I have a hard time finding a state that will give me a driver's license.

Amazon bugs me but until there's an alternative that works just as well, I'll fight different battles.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 2:10 am 0

On Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:40 am 0

On Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

I admit I am a slave. But I do still pay for books.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:39 am 0

On Seriously, Fuck You, "Kindle Unlimited"

So, I live abroad in a country without public libraries. I return to the US twice a year and like to use my excess baggage allowance for staples like peanut butter, pork and booze. I will never need to make mash ups of books and can usually find classics for free, if I am so inclined. I read mostly non-fiction. Do you know the only place that has those books? Amazon (and not, I will point out, Amazon Unlimited. Or Oyster).

I can read about book on the Awl and own it in 30 seconds (as I did with the Metropolis Case). If Amazon unlimited expands its offerings beyond mass market crap I will subscribe to it in one hot second. Ebooks have changed my life.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:16 am 0

On 28 Years with Weird Al

This is really fine.

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 3:33 am 0

On Dog Maligned

Views of 42 year old women on the fuckability of 55 year old men were not immediately available.

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:27 am 2