Bot review

At Amazon.com, one of the customer reviews of Cristanne Miller’s Emily Dickinson’s Poems: As She Preserved Them is signed by Angelo. Angelo gives the edition only three stars out of five but calls it “Great” in his (or its) subject line and then completes the sentence this way:

as the price. Weight of the product fees good in my hand and it’s very nice looking. If your looking for value in a product this is it. will buy next time. my family need to change a new one , best service.

It could be a bot. On the other hand, it could be a sign that language in the Trump era is becoming a self-driving vehicle.

Administrative: no more comments for now

Like at least one other WordPress blogger, I’m now being flooded by a stream of bot-generated comment spam, presumably intended to generate clicks and revenue (but not for me). A few of these spams are the mysterious kind that consist only of random letters, but most are vague, inane compliments along the line of “Thank you for solving this problem” (what problem?). All of the complimentary correspondents have two things in common: they have only first names, and for some mysterious reason they can’t spell the word “thanks.”

Well, WordPress asks me if these things are spam, I say yes, and then WordPress makes them disappear. It’s been annoying to keep doing this, so for now I’ve blocked all comments on “The Art Part.” But if anything I write on this blog inspires you, please e-mail me and I’ll pass your word along.