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Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs


Do you occasionally wonder,

  • What kind of person works at a porn video store?
  • Do public defenders believe in their clients?
  • What does a reporter feel when he visits war-torn Iraq?
  • What happens after a child star falls into obscurity?

Thanks to Web logs, or "blogs" as they're affectionately nicknamed by ...

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Do you occasionally wonder,

  • What kind of person works at a porn video store?
  • Do public defenders believe in their clients?
  • What does a reporter feel when he visits war-torn Iraq?
  • What happens after a child star falls into obscurity?

Thanks to Web logs, or "blogs" as they're affectionately nicknamed by Net-savvy voyeurs, anyone can jump into the shoes of a video salesclerk, a criminal court lawyer, an international journalist, or a TV star, among others.

While entertaining and educating, these virtual diaries represent a cross section of the people who dwell online. This book features the Internet's most provocative writing, by unknown writers and underground celebrities.

Neil Forrester, former cast member of MTV’s The Real World, gives new meaning to the phrase "Bite your tongue." Meanwhile, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, Wil Wheaton, gives his take on the Hollywood system and fleeting stardom.

Elsewhere, web designer Heather Hamilton finds herself unemployed after posting on-the-job stories to her personal blog. And humorist Choire Sicha shares advice about broken hearts and timeshares. Plus: tales of creepy video-store customers, office pranks gone awry, a childhood encounter with Darth Vader, and so much more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590593219
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 0.59 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Burton is the founder of She is a devoted blogger, both writing and reading them.

strongWayne Graham/strong is the emerging technology coordinator at the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
About the Editors xiii
About the Artist xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction xix
How to Use This Book xx
Bling Bling Strategies For The New Economy 1
Why George F. Will? 5
Lube Warning 9
Jon's Wife 13
Spare Us The Cutter 15
Interview with Wil Wheaton of Wil Wheaton Dot Net 19
1999 23
Last Night At The Grocery Store 25
Darth Vader Made Me Cry 27
Alabama Hamilton 29
Interview with Heather Armstrong of Dooce 31
"DID HE DO IT?" 35
Romance 37
Celebrity 39
Interview with Choire Sicha of Choire Sicha Dot Com 41
Known In The Gates 43
Customers I Have Driven Out Of The Store 49
Interview with Ali Davis of True Porn Clerk Stories 55
Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers 61
Interview with Uncle Bob 65
Brad Pitt: Your Remakes Are Ready 67
Kookoo for Coconuts 71
You've Got Ringworm 73
Interview with Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair of The Island Chronicles 75
Lost In Translation 77
A Smart Suit And A Kipper Tie, A Big Arrow Pointing To My Fly 79
Dear Cranky Old Bitch 81
After Spending Two Weeks At My Parents House 83
Interview with Mrs. Kennedy of Fussy 85
The Girl Who Cried Webmaster 87
When Is A Reporter Not A Reporter? 97
The Problem With Airplanes 101
The Art Of Getting Away With It 105
High Five 109
Twenty-One Provocations 111
Reflections--Artificial Sweetener 113
Volvulus 117
Democratic National Blog? 119
Long Before I Blogged 121
Logic 125
When The Waiter Came 129
I Saw U 131
Red Hot And Blue 133
Interview with Janet Feeney of Snarkcake 137
Disasters Of The Natural Variety 141
September 11, 2003 143
Business Cards 145
Jury Duty 147
Poll: 7/5 of Americans Don't Bother To Do The Math 151
Chatty 153
Look On The Bright Side 157
Junior Crime Dog 159
How To Annoy Me 163
Broken Hearts 173
Clutching For Answers In Baghdad 179
Interview with Christopher Allbritton of Back To Iraq 183
Con Man 185
I Don't Know About Your Blog 187
Fuctung 189
The Gameshow 193
Interview with Neil Forrester of NeilForrester 197
Hester Prynne 199
My Cred Is Intact 201
Interview with Matthew Baldwin of Defective Yeti 203
Celebrity Sightings From Antiquity 207
My Beautiful Life? Not Exactly 209
Drew's Blog 213
It's All In The Packaging 215
Interview with Matt Hinrichs of Scrubbles 217
Close 219
A Chair! A Chair! My Kingdom For A Chair! 221
Cat Magnet 225
Worthless Public Defenders 227
Interview with Greg Apt of Public Defender Dude 229
What Up, Boss 233
Neighbor 235
Hey! Parking Lot Blowjob Man! 237
Letter From New York City's President 239
Things In The Past Week That Have Brought Me To Uncontrollable, Blubbering Tears 245
Notes Toward A Constitution For Communal Beach Houses 247
Appendix A 251
Editor's FAQ 251
Appendix B 255
Index of Contributors 255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    this is why you need editors

    In the voluminous and often self absorbed blogosphere, where can or should you start reading? This is similar to the pre-Web Usenet newsgroups. In both, it is easy to encounter poorly written or hastily composed screeds. A total waste of your time. But here Graham and Burton come to our rescue. They offer editorial choice. A nice filter. We see well chosen essays that are actually literate and interesting. (More so than my scribblings here.) The essays are fairly traditional in representation. None of the New Wave experimental fad of the late 60s. Possibly because once you've read hypertext in a browser, the traditional printed page can seem limited. Which is also ironic. That these essays are all out there on the Web, freely available for your perusal. Yet here they are in a book. Of the essays, those by the woman working in a porno store are the funniest. The graphic descriptions she provides of the clientele are memorable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    A book for Blog-o-philes!

    'Never Threaten To Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs' has something for everyone: bizarre adventures in retail, reality TV star memories, touching journalistic tales of war and the kind of stories that make you laugh so hard milk comes out your nose! This book gives blog addicts like yourself the power to walk in the shoes of a TV star, international journalist, criminal court lawyer, video sales clerk and a busy mom, among others. MTV's The Real World's cast member Neil Forrester gives new meaning to the phrase 'Bite your tongue.' Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton gives his take on the Hollywood system and fleeting stardom. Web designer Heather B. Hamilton finds herself in the unemployment line after publishing work stories in her blog, Humorist Choire Sicha gives advice on broken hearts and timeshares. Illustrator Mark Frauenfelder throws out his cell phone and uproots his family from Los Angeles to the sandy beaches of Rarotonga. Plus tales of creepy video store customers, online love lies, Iraqi politics, office pranks gone wrong, jury duty, a childhood meeting with Darth Vader and so much more!

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