Do you occasionally wonder,
- What kind of person works at a porn video store?
- Do public defenders believe in their clients?
- What does a reporter feel when he visits war-torn Iraq?
- What happens after a child star falls into obscurity?
Thanks to Web logs, or "blogs" as they're affectionately nicknamed by Net-savvy voyeurs, anyone can jump into the shoes of a video salesclerk, a criminal court lawyer, an international journalist, or a TV star, among others.
While entertaining and educating, these virtual diaries represent a cross section of the people who dwell online. This book features the Internet's most provocative writing, by unknown writers and underground celebrities.
Neil Forrester, former cast member of MTV's The Real World, gives new meaning to the phrase "Bite your tongue." Meanwhile, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, Wil Wheaton, gives his take on the Hollywood system and fleeting stardom.
Elsewhere, web designer Heather Hamilton finds herself unemployed after posting on-the-job stories to her personal blog. And humorist Choire Sicha shares advice about broken hearts and timeshares. Plus: tales of creepy video-store customers, office pranks gone awry, a childhood encounter with Darth Vader, and so much more!
Foreword About the Editors About the Artist Acknowledgments Introduction How to Use This Book Bling Bling Strategies For The New Economy Why George F. Will? Lube Warning Jon?s Wife Spare Us The Cutter Interview with Wil Wheaton of Wil Wheaton Dot Net 1999 Last Night At The Grocery Store Darth Vader Made Me Cry Alabama Hamilton Interview with Heather Armstrong of Dooce ?DID HE DO IT?? Romance Celebrity Interview with Choire Sicha of Choire Sicha Dot Com Known In The Gates Customers I Have Driven Out Of The Store Interview with Ali Davis of True Porn Clerk Stories Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers Interview with Uncle Bob Brad Pitt: Your Remakes Are Ready Kookoo for Coconuts You?ve Got Ringworm Interview with Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair of The Island Chronicles Lost In Translation A Smart Suit And A Kipper Tie, A Big Arrow Pointing To My Fly Dear Cranky Old Bitch After Spending Two Weeks At My Parents House Interview with Mrs. Kennedy of Fussy The Girl Who Cried Webmaster When Is A Reporter Not A Reporter? The Problem With Airplanes The Art Of Getting Away With It High Five Twenty-One Provocations Reflections?Artificial Sweetener Volvulus Democratic National Blog? Long Before I Blogged Logic When The Waiter Came I Saw U Red Hot And Blue
Interview with Janet Feeney of Snarkcake Disasters Of The Natural Variety September 11, 2003 Business Cards Jury Duty Poll: 7/5 of Americans Don?t Bother To Do The Math
Look On The Bright Side
Junior Crime Dog
How To Annoy Me Broken Hearts Clutching For Answers In Baghdad
Interview with Christopher Allbritton of Back To Iraq Con Man
I Don?t Know About Your Blog Fuctung The Gameshow Interview with Neil Forrester of NeilForrester
My Cred Is Intact
Interview with Matthew Baldwin of Defective Yeti Celebrity Sightings From Antiquity My Beautiful Life? Not Exactly Drew?s Blog
It?s All In The Packaging
Interview with Matt Hinrichs of Scrubbles Close A Chair! A Chair! My Kingdom For A Chair!
Cat Magnet Worthless Public Defenders Interview with Greg Apt of Public Defender Dude What Up, Boss Neighbor Hey! Parking Lot Blowjob Man! Letter From New York City?s President Things In The Past Week That Have Brought Me To Uncontrollable, Blubbering Tears
Notes Toward A Constitution For Communal Beach Houses Appendix A Editor?s FAQ Appendix B Index of Contributors