If you don’t read James Lileks regularly, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Lileks is a columnist from Minnesota and, while he publishes a semi-weekly column and has authored a couple of hilarious books, he’s also a bit of a blogger, publishing entries Mondays through Fridays.
Some are good, some are mediocre, some are wrong/misguided, but all are entertaining, in my humble opinion. He spanned the whole spectrum last week in a space of two days.
To wit, an entry from the Good, from last Wedensday’s Bleat:
[Mr. Lileks has just received a piece of definitely unsolicited email and is engaging in an investigation of sorts. -ed.]
There was a link to click if I didnâ€™t want anymore mail, but I usually suspect these to be a sneaky form of email validation. They went to a bulk mailer that had, huzzah, a webpage that promised a stern opposition to spam. (coff.) This is like the IRS webpage announcing its strict no-tax policy. There was an email link to report abuse, however that might be defined â€“ and a phone number.
So I called it. Got right through to a cheerful operator who gave a prompt apology, and told me to click on the email address. I said I didnâ€™t trust anyone in this business, frankly, no insult intended, but letâ€™s do this now. I wanted to say â€œyou just make some typing noises and Iâ€™ll be temporarily mollified,â€ but I didnâ€™t want to give him any ideas. He understood; he removed my domain from all their lists, first making sure that I was aware of the consequences: I would not receive anything from any of their 25,000 clients.
â€œItâ€™s a risk Iâ€™m willing to take,â€ I said.
â€œOkay!â€ Typing noises. â€œIâ€™ll go ahead and remove your domain from our records. Thank you for calling!â€
â€œThank you for your courteous assistance.â€
I hung up feeling a bit disoriented; it was like phoning Hell and getting a nice young demon who promised they will never bother you again with temptation. Would you like to opt out of all the deadly sins, or just some?â€ Gluttony and envy for now. Avarice keeps me working hard. “Alllrighty then!”