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The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius Paperback – April 28, 2011
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In the dominion of social networking and electronic communication, David Thorne has become the king of biting sarcasm. --Thane Burnett, editor, Sun Media
I had to look away I was laughing so hard. Hands down the funniest emails I have ever read. --Catherine DiBenedetto, editor, WIRED Magazine Catherine DiBenedetto, WIRED Magazine
Gut wrenching, laugh out loud, gasping for air funny. Absolutely brilliant. --Caroline Shaheed, editor, Cheek Magazine
If the internet had a heart, David Thorne would be it's mitral valve. --Mil Millington, Author, 'Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About'
The most ridiculous, brilliant, stupid and clever nonsense I have ever come across. The articles had me rolling with laughter, crying and incapable of speaking - my co-workers thought I had gone insane. -- Clare Butchard, Hat Trick Productions U.K. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breath. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea."
Kate Huchinson, editor, Penthouse magazine
"I had to look away I was laughing so hard. Hands down the funniest emails I have ever read."
Catherine DiBenedetto, editor, WIRED Magazine
"In the dominion of social networking and electronic communication, David Thorne has become the king of biting sarcasm."
Thane Burnett, editor, Sun Media
The most ridiculous, brilliant, stupid and clever nonsense I have ever come across. The articles had me rolling with laughter, crying and incapable of speaking - my co-workers thought I had gone insane."
Clare Butchard, associate producer, Hat Trick Productions UK
"Gut wrenching, laugh out loud, gasping for air funny. Absolutely brilliant."
Caroline Shaheed, editor, Cheek Magazine
"The Dennis the Menace of the internet, Thorne's intricately woven web of internet tomfoolery is guaranteed to leave you red-faced from laughter."
Matt Bachl, ninemsn TV news producer
"The world's leading internet troublemaker. Whenever I see David Thorne's name, I know it's going to be a long day at the office."
Andrew Ramadge, editor, news.com.au
"Thorne's ability to manipulate the websphere with his touch of serious sarcasm has surely earned him the moniker `Lord of the Viral Email'. I've seen grown men reduced to hysterical tears of laughter after reading through just one of his efforts."
Matty Soccio, editor, Marketing magazine
"I am getting your website banned as we speak"
Lucius Thaller, Courier, Kings Transport
Adelaide is full of selfsh, petty, judgmental, cocooned, insular, naive people totally devoid of social consciousness or culture and David Thorne is their spokesperson."
R. Knorr, woman golfer, Seocontents.net --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Granted, there are a lot of jerks out there making money off of their jerkiness. There are the boys from Jackass. The main characters from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Arrested Development and The League and Archer and Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Tosh.0. The abysmally popular Tucker Max novels. There's even Steve Martin's The Jerk, although he's less a jerk than an idiot. Not that the two aren't often synonymous.
That's the real trademark of a jerk worth paying attention to: intelligence. And if Thorne is a jerk, he's at least a smart jerk. This book (mostly) contains email exchanges he's had with co-workers, online roustabouts, and folks who are otherwise just trying to do their jobs (mostly bill collectors). He approaches these communiques with the subtle and absurdist wit of Monty Python channeling John Swartzwelder. Or vice versa. They're a lot funnier if you believe that they're real, and after having read both of his books, I'm inclined to believe. If they're entirely fictional, then I'd be more impressed, although not nearly as amused.
Much of the book relies on knowing things about David, such as his coworkers' names and various inside jokes he has with regards to most of them. Certain people -- Simon, Holly, Shannon, Lucius, Thomas -- figure prominently in Thorne's life, but it takes a few reads to figure out how or why, at which point the jokes start to make a lot more sense. Of course, some of his more famous exchanges don't need a whole lot of backstory to work ("Missing Missy" is perhaps his most famous, and for good reason).
The book is also peppered with essays that aren't quite as funny as the emails. Written with a random, absurd, kitchen-sink approach, they're pretty much Thorne being as wacky as he can possibly be. At their best, they sound like some of Woody Allen's older stuff from The New Yorker. At their worst, they're repetitive jokes about how dumb he can make the narrator sound. Overall, Thorne's funnier when he's just being mean to what (I hope) are real people.
His second book is, I think, much better. For one thing, the ridiculous essays are gone, replaced with true-life tales of both his home life and his experiences with nearly cheating death. They show how well he can find the humor in almost anything without having to resort to bizarre non-sequiturs or wacky nonsense. If you like the wacky nonsense, he's included several picture stories (most about his group of cat friends) that are punchy and hilarious (the best is when the cops pull them over). There are a few pictures of formal notices, letters, and forms that are difficult to read on the Kindle, but they aren't completely illegible. Overall, it's a much better read than the first book, even if it does make David look even more like a jerk than the first book. I mean, I'd hate to be in his life, but I enjoy reading about others who aren't as fortunate.
I laughed so hard I cried. And it was in the morning. And we all know in the morning there's only sex, bacon or sleep that get our interest. I was actually upset that I got it in the morning, because my mind was dizzy and laughing like this hurt a bit.
I thought this kind of laughter was reserved for special moments in life, when you find some fantastic movie scenes or find yourself tickled by some crazy situation.
His writing is absolute madness. Not only is this the funniest thing I've ever read, but it's soooo well written... Impeccable. I adore it !
I can't put it down although I will really try to, because I want to save some for other days as well, even if I have his other book too. I need this. Nobody's ever made me laugh like this. Especially not through writing.
And I am joyful, I am. And always in search of good humor.
David Thorne is brilliant, an absolute gem, and I am extremely grateful for getting to experience such brilliance.
Caution: Don't read this while you eat or drink !
David Thorne is a sadistic comic genius. I envy his courage and his uncaring as to if he burns a bridge with each character. Maybe, someday I will have the courage to have the gall to speak to inconsiderate people the way he does, but, until then I will just enjoy his work.