CHOSEN--JUST FOR ME!
26 November 2002
I love Amazon.com. I must love Amazon, I sometimes feel like I am single-handedly
keeping the company in business.
One thing I love about Amazon is that it keeps track of my purchases and whenever I log
on, it has more stuff that, knowing what I like, it feels I can't possibly pass up.
Today for example, it suggests that I might like to buy:
"An Army at Dawn," a comprehensive look at the 1942-1943 Allied invasion of
"Star Wars--Episode II--The Attack of the Clones" (plus more action/adventure
classics that I might enjoy just as much)
Elton John's Greatest Hits 1970-2002 and an Eminem compilation album.
"Barbie as Rapunzel" video.
I'm trying to figure out what in God's name I ordered that would trigger Amazon to
suggest any of these items as "perfect" for me.
Maybe it was buying one of Tom Brokaw's books for a gift for someone last Christmas
made Amazon think I have a passion for war books. But I have to admit that I truly have no
interest in reading about the 1942-43 Allied invasion of North Africa.
Maybe there was a Star Trek purchase (but I can't remember one) which made Amazon think
that I would also love Star Wars, but my interest in Star Wars ended with the first movie
(I slept through the second one). Maybe it's because I periodically buy David Gerrold
books, which I buy only because he's a friend, not because I'm a sci fi nut. (Speaking of
which, his "The Martian Child," the novella that won him the Hugo, has now been
expanded into a full length book--I recommend it. It's the semi-autobiographical story of
the adoption of his son, though it does take off in the area of fantasy as well. I also
recommend his new trio, starting with "Jumping off the Planet," not because it's
the best thing he ever wrote, but because he created this wonderful character who is the
lesbian partner of the mother of the kids in the book. Her name happens to be Bev Sykes. I
think Bev has her biggest role in the story with book 2, "Bouncing off the
So let's assume that it's my friendship with David that has triggered the suggestion
that I am panting after the latest Star Wars to roll off the line.
But let's take those music suggestions. Elton John...Eminem????? I mean
really! I think the only music I've ever ordered through Amazon is John Denver, Judy
Garland and Rosemary Clooney. Now tell me what in that eclectic list would have led Amazon
to think I can't live without Eminem??
However, I am most insulted with the suggestion that I would jump at the chance to buy anything
having to do with Barbie. First of all, I am too old to have been a Barbie fan when she
first appeared. In the second place, I have never, ever in my entire life been interested
in anything remotely having to do with Barbie. Now if it were a Rosie O'Donnell doll,
which is proportioned more like a human being, I might understand, but really! BARBIE???
Amazon's "especially for you" suggestions used to be fairly easy to figure
out, and actually I have been tempted to purchase some of the "can't miss"
things that have been suggested and chosen especially for me.
However, I think I'll pass on this particular collection. Which is good because it will
save me lots of money. Maybe I should thank Amazon after all.