February 08, 2006

Art and Lies

I was checking out my referral log (which lists the urls whence visitors to this blog have come, if "whence" is the word I want.) Among them are links from the King Dork Amazon page, which have occurred because I have linked to myself on my Amazon Connect blog.

Here's the weird part. The amazon link looks like this:

Art and lies? Is that some html term of art, or is it intended as a characterization of the contents of my book? And if it is the latter, how do they know? And what does "ase_" signify?

Perhaps it's a coder's subtle commentary on the state of literature in this day and age, in view of that whole Frey thing, in which case I say "it's hardly fair" and "bravo" in the same breath.

Posted by Dr. Frank at February 8, 2006 08:55 PM | TrackBack

First off Frank, you're not calling King Dork a memoir so no facts need to be checked no matter how inaccurate.

Also, you've written a YA which doesn't count or matter :) When will you be writing a real novel?

Posted by: Bill at February 8, 2006 09:42 PM

That is tremendously bizarre.

It's got to be an anagram:

lads are tin?

Tin Soldiers?

A ref. to the SLF song?


Maybe Amazon has Jake Burns held captive and he's trying to communicate with you from inside ...

Posted by: John Gould at February 8, 2006 09:47 PM

I remember seeing Glenn Reynolds amazon links referring to "violentkicom", which I suspect related to his wife's "violent kids" work.

Perhaps it's based on the name associated with the referrer account when it was created somehow?

Posted by: Sigivald at February 9, 2006 08:19 PM

There is a book by called Art and Lies listed on Amazon. I couldn't connect the dots, though.

Posted by: josh at February 10, 2006 01:20 PM

The only time I've seen ASE is with my school's online library. It means Academic Search Elite. I don't know if that's what it means for amazon, but I'm sure they do use a similar type of search database. It's actually set up a lot like the library site, so I might actually be the same ase database.

Posted by: Amy 80 at February 10, 2006 04:13 PM

So *it* might be the same...I'm nothing like the database...

Posted by: Amy 80 at February 10, 2006 04:14 PM


"come to linvik" -- obviously:


Posted by: John Gould at February 11, 2006 06:43 AM

Arts and leisure, dawg

Posted by: Tommy at February 13, 2006 06:32 PM

Damn it, I just realized I'm an idiot. Nevermind. Puzzling. Dawg.

Posted by: Tommy at February 13, 2006 06:35 PM