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Emails from an Asshole by John Lindsay
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Jun 01, 2010

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Read in May, 2010

Ahh, yes, the return of the Lazlo Letters. Do you remember them? The Lazlo Letters was a book of very clever letters sent to corporations in the 70’s to agitate and irk them by offering seemingly innocent, but absurd requests by a mysterious agent known in real life as comedian Don Novello (that’s right, Father Guido Sarducci)

John Lindsay (no, not the former mayor of New York, but supposedly a 20-something student at Penn State University with too much time on his hands) has picked up the baton and tossed it into cyberspace with the advent of his new book ‘Emails from an Asshole.’ In it, Lindsay, pokes, prods and provokes his unwitting victims through a series of emails designed to make people crazy, while at the same time seeming kinda, sorta plausible at first. He does so both by answering and ultimately placing a series of internet ads designed to reel in his unsuspecting bait.

Examples: Selling a car whose CD player is stuck on Def Leppard or needs a lot of duct tape to keep the airbag from exploding, or selling World War II memorabilia like an autographed Hitler baseball (or Winston Churchill’s iPod!) or trying to get a Little League team to take a uniform sponsorship from his fake porn company.

Lindsay’s escapades are one part ‘Jackass’ and two parts funny phone pranks only done by email and captured in book form. As imbecilic as some of the jokes are, this prankster actually puts a lot of thought into his japery, even going so far as to harass his victims from multiple personas and e-mail accounts to creating actual dialogues between a fake husband and wife, placing the helpless advertiser smack in the middle of a ‘domestic dispute.’

You will be hard pressed to not find yourself rolling over with laughter (check out the 10 lb. attack dog ‘Killer’) in this easy to read volume. For those looking for more, check out Lindsay’s ever-popular website DontEvenReply.com for more of his hilarious insanity.
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