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Spam a creative writer's friend?

I don't get as much spam as some people, and probably less than I should given how freely I circulate my email address, and what I do get is being handled pretty effectively by SpamSieve these days. I guess that's why I don't feel the overwhelming sense of moral outrage towards it that seems to be widely held. (My only real hobby horse is all the Russian spam I get. I mean really, how big can the market for credulous, drug-seeking slavophones be that they need to email everyone in the world with these offers?) Once in a while, I even poke through my spam file and find amusing oddities. This morning, I received mail from Aurelio Sherwood (cvnzssegfzq@hotmail.com), Numbers Brady (wolymitun@vivianhsu.net), Theron Quinones (emoxfovhmzu@rocketmail.com), and Lolita Pearson (vywuzap@tamil.com). What great names! I think a story, novel, play, or film starring these four characters would just have to be interesting. Indeed, I'd like to see the adventures of Numbers Brady become a long-running TV or movie franchise.
On a similar note, I recall Diane Greco publishing a found spam poem about a year ago (no permalink, but go to her Expired Whinges page and search for "spam poem") and a quick Google search reveals this is a certifiable pop meme, which on second thought makes sense. Why take the time to do automatic writing when spammers do it for you for free?

This post was first published Thursday, 17 Mar 2005, 11:18 AM

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