It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ’em, to be exact. Enjoy.
Welcome to America…Now Speak English. (via @TimAStevens) Let the provocative title tick you off a little bit, but then click the link and read the full post. This is a gospel-fueled perspective on the immigration debate.
All of us have experienced calling tech support and ending up chatting with a representative in some faraway country and being unsure of 50% of what they are saying. We have come to accept that as the price of a global economy and corporate conglomerates, and we suffer through it or hang up and call back hoping for someone different. But the annoyance is elevated into the stratosphere when we are sitting in our car in America at McDonalds and having to repeat ourselves several times. That’s when the thought hits us again: “I’m still in America, right? Why can’t I order a flippin’ cheeseburger?”
The name … “is both completely arbitrary and somewhat familiar (for common names) and ends up neither connecting to what you already know nor standing out as unusual,” Reber said. “So you get this funny phenomenon where you can remember lots about a person you recently met—everything except their name (this happens to me all the time).”
The book is comprised entirely of numerous Tweets that use his titular phrase — Working on my novel.
It is at once hilarious and depressing as we both feel bad for these unlikely authors while at the same time totally seeing ourselves in them…