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Thursday, January 08, 2009


The Internet has created some new art forms. We all know about YouTube. But don't forget the Parody Amazon Review. Check out the reviews for The 2007-2012 Outlook for Public Building Stacking Chairs Excluding Bar, Bowling Center, Cafeteria, Library, Restaurant, and School Stacking Chairs in India. And then there's Ari Brouillet's glowing review of The Secret. And these reviews of the Bible.

Somewhere in the 20th Century, the art of the raconteur seems to have almost died out, along with the habit of ordinary people playing music and singing in public. It's good to see that the informal, unpaid arts have not entirely left us.

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By Blogger Near by, at 9:22 PM  

The best thing about Philip M. Parker (author of "The 2007-2012 Outlook for Public Building Stacking Chairs Excluding Bar, Bowling Center, Cafeteria, Library, Restaurant, and School Stacking Chairs in India") is not that he's selling a $495 paperback with, um, limited appeal. It's that he's the author of 107,143 other books listed on Amazon, all of which seem to be generated and printed whenever purchased from some sort of algorithm that's fed raw statistics. About things like, say, Stacking Chairs. I think Borges would have liked puzzling out whether he was the least or most prolific author in the world.

By Blogger Matthew Dessem, at 12:33 AM  

The art of playing and singing in public hasn't died out except in the US and UK, mainly thanks to cheaply available PA systems and electronic instruments. When I see a busker with an amp I think "sell that thing!"

By Blogger blogward, at 5:52 AM  

Here's a Google cache of Ari's review of The Secret (it's no longer coming up on Amazon).

http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:DVsFTxuK0xkJ:jui.cc/aZ+http://www.amazon.com/review/R2X2TB3S4O5I60&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

By Blogger Sean Fitzroy, at 7:07 PM  

Ari's review is actually the first one that comes up for the Secret. There are different versions though of the secret so that may be a problem. Also in this genre see:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3PTVD1CG27FTE/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

slag

By Blogger slag, at 5:35 PM  

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