Ok, so I was not planning to post again today, just as I was not planning to go to the bookstore today. But after meeting a friend for coffee, I somehow mysteriously, through a slight unintentional (yeah, right!) detour on the way from the cafe to the pet shop, found myself browsing the shelves at one of the two bookstores in Yerevan that have a quarterway decent English collection of books. This is what I came home with:
The top-book speaks for itself, below is a book called Gender: Key Concepts in Philosophy by Tina Chanter, the last book is called Deviation: Anthology of Contemporary Armenian Literature. This combination of books was unintentional, but it made me laugh.
When I came home I sent out this Tweet:
Within seconds this one came back:
The Tweet contained a link to a page at Amazon for a book with that title. ThaBookie? I don’t follow a ThaBookie and neither does it follow me. Turns out @ThaBookie is a bot that makes book suggestions based on your Tweet. Now I am wondering what exactly triggered it to come up with a book about angry and controlling men? Koran and gender in one sentence maybe? Or possibly gender and Armenia? The more I think about it, the more it annoys me, because it is such a subtle (or maybe not so subtle) way to confirm already widespread prejudices about Islam.
And for the record: no, I am not interested in ThaBookie’s recommendation, thank you very much.