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The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Geniusby David Thorne
Synopses & Reviews
"There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years." (Terrance Fielding, WIRED magazine)
"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea." (Penthouse magazine)
"Brilliantly funny." (Jezebel.com)
From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead", in which he attempted to pay his chiropractor with a picture he drew of a spider; "Please Design a Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," which has been described as one of the most passed-on viral e-mails of all time; and, most recently, the staggeringly popular "Missing Missy", which has appeared everywhere from The Guardian to Jezebel to Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, comes this profoundly funny collection of irreverent Internet mischief and comedy.
Featuring all of Thorne's viral success, including "Missing Missy", The Internet Is a Playground culls together every article and e- mail from Thorne's wildly popular website 27bslash6.com, as well as enough new material, available only in these pages, to keep you laughing-and, indeed, crying-until Thorne's next stroke-of-genius prank. Or hilarious hoax. Or well-publicized almost-stint in jail (really).
"Hailed as a humorist for the digital age, Australian graphic designer Thorne (www.27bslash6.com) became an internet sensation after posting e-mail correspondences in which he attempted to pay his chiropractic bill with a crude drawing of a spider. Thorne's first book is a laugh-out-loud collection of his e-mail exchanges and satirical essays. As a rule, Thorne says he never initiates an e-mail; he just responds 'stupidly' to what he receives. The book includes the biting 'Please Design a Logo For Me. With Pie Charts. For Free,' considered one of the most-forwarded e-mails of all time, as well as 'Missing Missy,' in which Thorne designs a poster to help a friend find her missing cat; he has great fun — at his friend's expense. The book reads as if The Onion published Letters From a Nut, but some of Thorn's antics — such as inviting himself to a neighbor's housewarming party — will make readers squirm. Others may offend ('Sponsor a Poor Black Boy'), or shock ('Belly Messages,' in which Thorne pretends to be a horny woman on the Internet). Thorne's electronic voice is pointed, effective, and childishly exuberant, a bracing mix. His sense of humor could be called immature, but some people just want to have fun; Thorne does so at everyone else's expense. Illus. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
My dog sends me texts. Yeah. Its weird. When October Jones figured out he could send text messages to himself on his mobile phone, he naturally decided that the best use of this discovery was to send passive-aggressive messages to himself under the guise of his bulldog. And so the exasperating, slightly delusional, and utterly endearing Dog and his alter-ego BatDog were born. Texts from Dog features Dogs attempts to keep the neighborhood safe from the likes of Mr. Postman and his arch-nemesis Cat-Cat—he has managed to only smash three TVs and a patio door in the process. And in between crime fighting sprees and run-ins with the squirrel mafia, there are romantic interludes with pillows, fetch sessions gone terribly awry, and the abusive banter only a bromance between man and his text-savvy dog can spawn. For those of us who have ever had a conversation with a pet in our heads, Texts from Dog will make you laugh out loud and perhaps even make you think twice about leaving your pet home alone for the day.
The Internet personality and creator of 27bslash6.com presents an uproarious collection of online mischief and comedy that includes such viral successes as "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead" and "Missing Missy." Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
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Publishers Weekly Galley Talk: "David Thorne's The Internet is a Playground (Tarcher) is the funniest book I've read in years. I had to stop reading it repeatedly because I was laughing so hard. I called people I know and read parts out loud over the phone. Thorne, who is equal parts social cartographer, psychologist, and sociopath, stays true to his name by poking fun and puncturing the egos of strangers and friends alike. With just a simple push, even the simplest of situations explodes into the wildest and most outrageously funny exchanges. Interspersed throughout are Thorne's razor sharp musings on random bits; sucker punches both juvenile and brilliant. If you can make it through the story of "Missy, The Missing Cat" without cheering out loud at the author's sheer bravado, you miss the point of this wildly entertaining book completely. Wicked, breath-taking, irreverent, and absolutely contagious, The Internet is a Playground is an effortless handsell: just start reading out loud."
-Geoffrey B. Jennings, Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS
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