Just some chick.
I would totally watch a SketchFactor competition reality show.
Allison, stop trying to make 'sketch' happen! It's not going to happen!
"and what are comments threads but catnip to those most eager to judge most harshly, and most unfairly?": Oh come now, we're not that bad, are we?
I think I agree with Biddle. The notion of consulting an app to find out where I might be in danger from "sketchy" characters strikes me as comically preposterous. I hope I'm dead before my instincts get that dull.
"'I live in New York now,' the doomed entrepreneur - a Los Angeles native who now lives in the West Village - added 'with a laugh.' 'So almost nothing's sketchy to me anymore.'": This too strikes me as comically preposterous. I too am a Los Angeles native. As it happens, I spent several days in NYC last month, my first extended stay there after years of just passing through on my way elsewhere. And I walked for many hours and miles all over Manhattan from Central Park south and for a day over in Brooklyn. What struck me most forcefully was just how un-sketchy practically everywhere I went was. It's a far cry from the NYC of 1970s movies like "The French connection" and TV shows like "Kojak". That NYC, fairly drenched in sketchiness, held a certain fascination for me as a middle-class child in suburban LA; it seemed a lot more interesting, albeit a lot more dangerous, than my bland environs of tract houses, strip malls, and freeways. I'd heard the city's greatly changed, and sure enough, as I walked around it, parts of it felt almost Disneyfied to me. I was left with the impression that a great tsunami of money has washed over the city, drowning nearly all the sketchiness and probably more than a little of the liveliness, although it's still a fairly lively place.
I'm from Buenos Aires and I say eat 'em all!
I think I get your drift here, but honestly? It's NPR, for crying out loud. How much more are you sealing yourself in your own amber if you let its algorithms hum along with your "tasted" choices?
Not that I'd do it, though. I like the chaos of an unscripted sensibility that mirrors my own.
And P.S.: Don't go getting ideas, Awl Network Peoples. You don't run What A World anymore.
It's abundantly clear from what you've written here why you decided not to write this book, but at the same time what you've written here would make me drop everything and start reading this book immediately if it actually existed.
@awlful It shouldn't cost a recurring monthly fee to "borrow" a sub-par book. What "game" are you playing?
For $120 a year, one would do well to purchase quality used books.
Jacking up their annual fee by a rather large percentage & then turning around and immediately rolling out this nonsense (there is not $10 a month of value in what is on offer for "borrowing") Amazon is riding a slippery slope. If they want to delve into the intricacies of online capitalism they should talk it over with Netflix. They burned themselves in a similar fashion not too long ago, and had to back track pretty quickly.
Michael Hart - there was a man. A frontiersman not a pioneer; I feel like we hardly understand our debt to him. If there were some legitimate effort to build a monument to him (though I never actually met him) other than Project Gutenberg itself, I would gladly contribute to it.
@Kzpbb2 Sure libraries are not free, they are paid for by taxes duh, but you're already paying for the service so you might as well use it instead of paying extra for worse service (worse meaning Amazon Unlimited's offerings are so far pretty bleak). Like, if your boss gives you Cubs box seats, you're already paying with your soul by working at your crappy job, you might as well go to the danged game instead of refusing those and then buying tickets to sit in the upper deck.
@awlful she's not saying "amazon should offer their wares for free", she's saying "amazon are asking you to pay for what is basically a library card for a shitty library"