Just received another instance of one of my favorite emails. It goes something like this:
Hi! You've been such a help and inspiration, I'd like to send you a copy of my new self-published book. I'd really like to read some of your books too. Which one do you suggest I start with?
Flattering, right? But you have to know how to read an email like this. Here's what it means:
I know I'm imposing on you so I'll salve my conscience by pretending to want to read your stuff. Only I'm too lazy to do my homework, so I'll let you tell me what books you've written instead.
If I were a real asshole instead of just pretending to be one, I would write back:
It doesn't matter which one you start with, so pick whichever one out of all one looks best to you.
Good thing I'm not that kind of asshole.