September 24th, 2008


From: Minister of the Treasury Paulson


Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully
Minister of Treasury Paulson

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So many books, so little time

I'm really busy writing right now, which is why the library decided have five of my holds come in on the same day:
- The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (I've been hearing good things about this one, and known more about the Mormon church than most people who aren't Mormon - which probably isn't saying much)
- True Talents by our own David Lubar (It's not just that it's written by him, but I also heard it contained other elements than straight narrative, which is like a book I'm working on)
- The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Roblewski (You know they'll never let me renew now that it's an Oprah pick - but I've also heard mixed reports)
- Replay by Ken Grimwood (I heard Brad Meltzer talk about this book about time travel on NPR months ago and it sounded fascinating)
- Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern (actually I got this book for Teen, but the reviews make me want to read it too!)

So which book would you read first?

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