A Freakonomics blog quote on Hoaxes


I have been reading the Freakonomics blog for quite a while now. The posts are usually entertaining, but more often than not, they are too highly related to economics to share on my site. This time, the post is hilarious, and related, I guess, to publishing. If You Like Hoaxes …

… then you have to admit that this one is pretty good: sending a piece of bogus research material to a biographer whom you happen to hate. In this case, the biographer is A.N. Wilson, who was writing a book about the poet John Betjeman. Wilson made use of the bogus letter, only to discover too late that the letter was fake—and that if you took the first letter of each sentence and added them one to the next, they would spell out this lovely message: “A.N. Wilson is a shit.”

Read the entire post on the Freakonomics Blog.

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