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The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius

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Publisher Comments:

"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).

Review:

"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.

Synopsis:

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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maynardbutts, March 23, 2012 (view all comments by maynardbutts)
David's use of satire when abusing his co-workers is hilarious. His stories, emails, and offensives will leave you rolling. You'll definitely ask yourself 'is this for real?' My one bone to pick is that there is little 'new' material in "The Internet is a Playground" that you can't already find at his website 27bslash6.com.
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tom b, January 15, 2012 (view all comments by tom b)
If you don't laugh out loud at some of the humor in this book there's something wrong with you. This is hilarious.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781585428816
Author:
Thorne, David
Publisher:
Tarcher
Subject:
Computers : Internet - General
Subject:
Humor
Subject:
Australian wit and humor.
Subject:
Parodies
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.56 x 0.9 in 1.06 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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