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Wednesday
Mar152006

Amazon is watching you

sexyknits.jpgAll right. Who hijacked my Amazon.com account? Raise your hand. If you’d like to slip me a note after class I promise I won’t tell.

Because much to my surprise I found this under my "Your Store" section––Sexy Little Knits: Chic Designs to Knit and Crochet.

Along with Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (okay), In Cold Blood (a little Truman, okay), The Opposite of Fate, (Amy Tan, thanks, that works). But Sexy Little Knits?

I do love Amazon. Not as cozy as a real, honest-to-goodness analog bookstore with overstuffed chairs and WiFi––but in a pinch, it works.

What truly wrinkles my dust jacket though, are the cookie-fed books Amazon somehow manages to recommend to me. Usually they're at least on the grid of my, albeit somewhat strange, personal tastes. But in what concentric circle of Dante’s Database Hell did they pair me up with bikini crocheting?

Maybe Amazon is right. The cover photo does make me want to riffle through its pages like the naughty little paperback it is.
 
And what strange picks are lurking in your Amazon store?

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Reader Comments (11)

This is very funny. I can't even come up with a snappy comment.
March 15, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterm.g. tarquini
Sexy=Eva Longoria

Knitting=Aunt Bea from The Andy Griffith Show

Sexy knitting?
March 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
hehehehe...life is funny.
March 15, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkathie
These are the honest-to-God, 100% true books that Amazon is recommending to me:

THE DAY I TURNED UNCOOL: CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT GROWN-UP

DIARY OF A FAT BRIDE: TRUE TALES OF A PRETEND ADULTHOOD

WE THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE PRETTIER: TRUE TALES OF THE DORKIEST GIRL ALIVE

I didn't make that up. Any of it.
March 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Jess? I think you must have my recommendations by accident.
March 15, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterm.g. tarquini
Jess, you are now my new personal HERO.

I can see it now. "I am thrilled to endorse this month's Oprah's Book Club selection––DIARY OF A FAT BRIDE."

March 15, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
They need to write a little script that will base your recommendations not only on stuff you purchased, but on stuff you purchased AND shipped to your home address and NOT at Christmas time. Every time I buy a gift my recommendation list goes all wacky.

Currently on my list of recs: parenting books, disney movies, and plastic foodsaver bags. I might as well just buy the minivan now.

Okay, if you'll excuse me I'm going to cheat my way into looking more interesting than I am by doing some amazon searches on porn, booze, and rock and roll.
March 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJen
OK so I write romance. There's bound to be some weird stuff in my list as a result. Before I tell you what was in my recommendations, I should probably mention I am heterosexual.

"Queer Pulp: Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of Paperback."

Please, oh please, look at the cover of this book:
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0811830209.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

It actually looks really kitchy and awesome, but I have no idea how it ended up on my list. Perhaps hubby has some explaining to do.

Jaye
March 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJaye Wells
This is why I buy all my books at the analog bookstores. I buy them myself.

Great post.

Adam
March 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Hurtubise
Hey, those things are IN. I'm actually thinking of joining a knitting club to meet single women so I can chat and steal stories from them.

Yeah, didn't you know? Single women everywhere are into knitting now!
March 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDana
That Queer Pulp cover kills me. It'd make a nice poster.
March 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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