Unrequired Reading: May 9, 2008

My office decided to go with Friday summer hours (8am-1pm) a few weeks early! We rock! Now enjoy some Unrequired Reading, especially those of you who have to work a full day!

Ron Rosenbaum recently wrote about the world of Nigerian 419 scammers and their tormentors, and he took the piss out of the guys, but I still laughed like a retard over some of this exchange between John Cheese and a scammer.

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Steampunk, profiled. (oh, and, by the way, NYTimes? You might wanna mention that (official VM pal) Paul Di Filippo coined the term a little earlier than the ninth paragraph of the article. . . )

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The first time I saw Pulp Fiction, it was a midnight screening the night before it opened, arranged by a buddy who worked at a movie theater. It was just us, two more of our buddies who were big early Tarantino freaks, and a couple of friends of the projectionist, who thought they were going to see Mortal Kombat or some other dumb shit. We had a great time. Another great way to see Pulp Fiction is with Quentin Tarantino.

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A commencement speech by P.J. O’Rourke. I don’t have to say anything more, do I?

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Michael Blowhard takes us on a mini-tour of the “traditional vs. modernist” debate in architecture.

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Mark Bowden’s musical tastes are actually similar to mine. I oughtta read one of his books sometime.

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Christopher Hitchens: no damascene moment for him!

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