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January 18, 2009

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Above: Actual screen capture from a recent book search I did on Amazon. Really, look at it.

So, I like to read about new art “how-to” books. I like to know what people are writing about, and I’m always looking to learn something. Someone mentioned a new watercolor book, the title of which isn’t clear on the screen capture, but it’s the first book cover image under “Frequently Bought Together”—I think the title is something like Watercolor Wisdom.

And this confuses me why? Because look at what the book customers buying it are also buying? Sex and the Teenager. Hmm. That just seems odd to me, but maybe that’s just because I’ve never had a teenager and haven’t had to worry about him/her having sex, or because it’s been a long time since I was a teenager.

Typically when I get “frequently bought together recommendations” they are in the same subject area, like two beading books, or a beading book and a jewelry making book, or a tracking book and a survival handbook, OK? You get the idea.

But this just seems out of left field to me.

Then I scroll down and see that people who bought the watercolor book I was looking at have also bought a Norton Anthology and an MLA guide! So I’m thinking there is some graduate student out there trying to put off the inevitable rewriting of her dissertation by taking up watercolor painting. And she’s a mature student, worried about her teen offspring. (Or she's an educationally precocious teen worried about her own sex life at the same time she's looking for ways to avoid that dissertation rewrite.)

How else do you explain these choices? I mean Lord of the Flies is a great book, one of the greatest as far as I am concerned, but, well, it’s puzzling.

I never did get that watercolor book. I was just too confused. I wanted it paired with something else I might like, such as Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, Second Edition (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations) (Hardcover)
by William J. Bodziak. (It's on my wish list.)

Yep, something else like that, so I could get a good deal on both books.

    • Irene
    • January 18, 2009
    Reply

    Very funny. I raise two teenagers and didn’t get into watercolor until they left :>)

  1. Reply

    You can do a whole psychological profile on the last person who looked at the watercolor howto book. Amazon must have interesting info on us just based on peoples book choices.

    • Roz
    • January 18, 2009
    Reply

    Don’t you know it! Now that would be a fun job.

  2. Reply

    OK, footwear impression evidence is going to lead you to shoe fetishists, so you’re probably better off just buying the watercolor book all by itself and paying the regular price. . . .

    • Roz
    • January 19, 2009
    Reply

    Ricë, since I spent the better part of the nineties doing a painting series of friends’ shoes (with their feet) called “Support(s)” I think we are way beyond the point of worrying about this. Besides it would help me with my mantracking skills, since I no longer have a dog.

    Footwear is key in all portions of my life, you know that!

    And damn it! I want a deal from Amazon on that watercolor book! (She said, pouting and stamping her foot on which she is wearing a Merrill Moc. size 6.5 with heavily worn tread showing a slight supination.)

    • Lynn
    • January 21, 2009
    Reply

    I was going to say…funny…I wouldn’t put those two book together…and something equally amusing to Irene…but instead I’ll just mention how weird it is that we are suddenly talking about shoes.

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