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In other news, I'll be at the Rainbow Book Fair in NYC this Saturday (April 13th.) I've been attending this event for a few years, and I always have a great time because there are so many tables with great books and free swag, and the reading series is also very diverse and interesting. It's at a new location this year, the Holiday Inn on W. 57th Street, and I'm curious what that will be like. I will be at the Bold Strokes Books table from noon to 1pm, so if you want to drop by and say hello, don't be shy.
I've been enjoying Gizoogle--a parody search engine that translates web pages into exaggerated thuggy slang. (If that doesn't make sense, just go try it. But a warning!: There is bad language, so don't do this if you're too young to look at the F-word.) Because search engines make everyone monumentally self-involved (or is it just me?), I most enjoy Gizoogling myself and my books. For example, my Gizoogled FAQ web page says,
Q. Nora, what tha f*** is yo' book Da End about?
A. Julia n' her playaz grill tha unthinkable, a ghetto destroyed by nuclear war. These five queer teens bust magical amulets ta travel all up in time, desperately tryin ta save humanitizzle from total destruction.
Q fo' realz. Is you available fo' readings n' school visits?
A. Why, yes muthaf****! I be also aiiight ta conduct freestylin workshops or hook up wit yo' school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. If yo ass is horny bout havin me do a school visit or reading, just drop a note at Contact Me.
Q. Can I gots a review copy of yo' book?
A fo' realz. Absolutely, if you gotz a funky-ass B-ta-tha-L-O-Gizzay or other venue where you wanna ta post yo' honest opinion of tha book.
Q. Do you have any cats?
A. Yes, mah hoe n' I have two cats, n' you can put dat on yo' toast. Look at how tha f*** thugged-out they is biaaatch! I be a gangsta yo, but y'all knew dat n' mah babies!
I don't think anyone on earth talks like Gizoogle except Snoop Dogg so my initial reaction was that Gizoogle is not offensive. But, eh, now I'm feeling a little uneasy. What do you think? Is Gizoogle racist? Is this funny or not? I need to know your thoughts.