Monday, April 17, 2006

The Elements of Spam

McSweeney's—man, how long has it even been? Tyler forwarded me an article from there a couple of weeks ago, and I was astonished to realize the droll literary humour site still existed. As with the Onion, I used to check McSweeney's faithfully, but my interest eventually petered out as the schtick wore thin.* (It’s not humour for gauche philistines who like to actually laugh. It's humour for sophisticates who like to cock an eyebrow, smirk slightly, and think, How amusingly clever.)

That notwithstanding, I'd be remiss as a copy editor if I didn't pass along a link to this article custom-written for my demographic: "The Elements of Spam". It's quite enjoyable for those who enjoy this sort of thing.

*While I wouldn't actually go out of my way to read the site anymore, I realized this morning that McSweeney's—being bloglike—just might have an RSS feed, and this seems to be true. This makes for the ideal way to read McSweeney's: to have each new and somewhat pretentious humour piece automatically delivered to your RSS reader of choice, to be read, skimmed, or ignored completely at your leisure. Also, this is a good Achewood strip that refers to McSweeney's.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Lucas said...

Sorry, did you find a McSweeny's RSS feed? All I could find was a scraped feed for their lists.

4/17/2006 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

Bloglines came up with something resembling a feed, but I've yet to see if it actually works, which is why I only said there seemed to be one. McSweeney's should have a feed anyway, even if it doesn't.

4/17/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Ely said...

I wish I could understand the formula Kottke offers. But in addition to that, there is this handy FeedYes.com site to make RSS feeds for sites that don't have them but ought to.

4/17/2006 11:53:00 AM  

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