On March 28th, 2011 I received an email from the marketing coordinator of Gotham Books.
It’s only now that I’m able to talk about it, because upon reading her email, I was plunged into a fire ball of rage.
I don’t even know where to begin…
Her email was copy and pasted. She’s obviously clueless that Pun Intended is an institution.
Ms. Chun, would you send a copy and paste email to President Barack Obama? But you’ll disgrace the Pun Intended blog like your life depended on it, won’t you?
It only gets better from here, and I quote:
“If you would like to do a review, feature, excerpt, Q&A, or book giveaway on your website, I would love to send you a free review copy. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.”
No Ms. Chun, I would NOT like to do any of the above on my website for a book that would make me so f*cking bored I’d resort to visiting my local grocery store, depanting, and walking around until I got arrested and my life was ruined.
If you’re wondering why she would think Pun Intended, the institution, would want a free copy of this book, read the following excerpt from her email:
New book, THE PUN ALSO RISES: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics (Gotham Books, April 14, 2011, $22.50) is the definitive account of the humble pun, its history, and why punning still matters.
Did you even take the time to investigate this website Ms. Chun?
Last time I checked, I didn’t see too many puns floating around (only a single flying whale) anymore than I’ve ever spotted a forest when I visited Amazon.com.
I did nothing to deserve your abomination in my email box nor the disrespect you’ve shown the Pun Intended Universe.
I’m going to make this as easy as PI for my readers: if you want to read the history of puns, Gotham’s new book is your ticket.
If, however, you want to read something that’s actually fun, interesting, and frankly kicks serious ass:
P.S. – We’re reasonably nice folk here in the PI Universe. We love all people. But when your mission is to insult us, let it be known, you’ve awakened a sleeping giant that knows no mercy.
P.P.S. - Ms. Chun, are you by any chance related to Arlene from Des Moines, Iowa?