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How to be a wanker online, gakked from megamole... Can't believe I've been on t'internet for 10 years and people are doing the same annoying things. Bah. But it's a very funny page.

There seems to be a bit of a thing about offensive t-shirts just now, which is worrying. thessalian says "some poor shmuck in Cornwall got busted by the anti-hate legislation because he was wearing a Cradle of Filth T-shirt reading "Jesus Was A Cunt"." - I can't find anything about this online, but I'm fairly sure that's not what the anti-hate legislation is for. I was always quite tempted by that t-shirt, except that I think Cradle of Filth suck... I remember not long after the T-shirt came out the Lord Provost of Glasgow tried to stop Tower Records selling it. They said they'd sell whatever they like, and they sold out the next day cos of all the publicity. And then they buckled, and didn't order any more. Gah.

And the other day, I was reading on MeFi about the woman who got thrown off a flight for wearing a t-shirt that had pictures of Bush, Condi and Cheney with the caption "Meet the fuckers". She got on the plane no problem, and later someone complained about the t-shirt. She offered to cover it up. They threw her off at a refueling stop anyway. *&!!£$!. I've no idea whether this was a political thing or a bad language thing, but if there was going to be a problem, she should have been told before she got on the plane...you don't just strand people in the middle of nowhere.

Time's Top 100 novels of the past, er, 82 years...I've made a meme out of them,

Bold I've read, Italic I've got but haven't read. Yet. And underlined authors means I've read a different book by them.
The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow
All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
American Pastoral - Philip Roth
An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
The Assistant - Bernard Malamud
At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Beloved - Toni Morrison
The Berlin Stories - Christopher Isherwood
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
Call It Sleep - Henry Roth
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
The Confessions of Nat Turner - William Styron
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell
The Day of the Locust - Nathaniel West
Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
A Death in the Family - James Agee
The Death of the Heart - Elizabeth Bowen
Deliverance - James Dickey
Dog Soldiers - Robert Stone
Falconer - John Cheever
The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles
The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing
Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
Herzog - Saul Bellow
Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
A House for Mr. Biswas - V.S. Naipaul
I, Claudius - Robert Graves
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Light in August - William Faulkner
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkein

Loving - Henry Green
Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
The Man Who Loved Children - Christina Stead
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Money - Martin Amis
The Moviegoer - Walker Percy
Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
Naked Lunch - William Burroughs (Well, most of it...)
Native Son - Richard Wright
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
1984 - George Orwell
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
The Painted Bird - Jerzy Kosinski
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
Play It As It Lays - Joan Didion
Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
Possession - A.S. Byatt
The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
Rabbit, Run - John Updike
Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow
The Recognitions - William Gaddis
Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
The Sot-Weed Factor - John Barth
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
The Sportswriter - Richard Ford
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John LeCarre
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
Ubik - Philip K. Dick
Under the Net - Iris Murdoch
Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry (some of it...)
Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
White Noise - Don DeLillo
White Teeth - Zadie Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys


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Oh, and a shout out to the people from the Fforum who dislike me intensely, but have been reading my journal for the past two years anyway, just so that if I mention the Fforum at all they can turn up and start fights in my comments pages. Love you too, guys.



( 16 comments — Comment )
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
Chronicles of Chaos tells about something very like it, as does Metal Underground. Same shirt and all. I've tried looking up the more recent incident elsewhere but it doesn't seem to have made the news sites yet.
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
It's insane! I can't believe things are actually getting less tolerant... I used to see people in those t-shirts all the time.
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Given the Religious Right being in charge in the US, and Blair being Bush's little yip-yip dog, I'm not in the least surprised. Appalled, but not surprised.
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Would you wear the Jesus Was A Cunt T-shirt to work?
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
You should.
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
Heh. Probably nobody would notice, is the depressing thing. (Except three weeks later I'd get a vague email about Keeping Up Standards.)
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
What was the Jesus shirt guy charged with? Apart from possession of the knife. I'm sure the Religious Hatred Bill still has to go through and I'm not sure it would cover this T-Shirt, and I've not heard of causing offence being considered a crime.
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
I can't find anything about it online...will check again tomorrow!
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh I just read about this in Metro today. Said he was given 80 hours community service and "arrested and convicted under a new British law of displaying a religiously insulting sign". Apparently his girlfriend was wearing it when someone complained, and he told police the item was his - awwww, that's a 'Love is...' cartoon in the making :)
Oct. 18th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
Hee, yeah, so cute :o)
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
'How to be a wanker online' is extremely funny.

Favourite quote: "If nothing else, a kitten walking across a keyboard may randomly type a Zen koan." I will endeavour to improve my grammatical standards after reading that.
Oct. 18th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
The 'how to be a wanker' forgot the bit about always putting random words in CAPITALS, cos everyone KNOWS that anything written in CAPS is really IMPORTANT.

Oh, and the religious hate law was for buying the Muslim vote with.
Oct. 18th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
Meep. I think I sometimes do that...that or *emphasizing*.

And I can't see many Muslims voting Labour for a while...but that explains why Labour'd be trying to buy them, I guess!
Oct. 19th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
i had a read of the bit with people from the other forum. some of them seemed well smug with their faux intelligentsia. and like so many on the net, i bet none of them would talk to you like that to your face.

may rancid goats spunk in their mouths
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Nov. 2nd, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
oh no, my phrase building! hit where it hurts!
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