lileks on phone books: heavy on characters, light on plot
james lileks strikes just the right tone in railing against the 967 pounds of unwanted phone books currently being dumped on your doorstep:
having a human being physically schlep the ginormous phone book to your door is like having someone show up at your house with a slab of ice over his shoulder. Hello, I'm from the previous century. Need anything? No. Well, could I print off the Internet for you? No.
perfect. i've been dutifully hauling the new books in and tossing out the old ones, though i haven't actually referred to anything but the li'l local directory in a decade. and that was for a pizza coupon, i think. ecojoe's suggests that one can halt delivery of the books by calling 1-877-243-8339 or visiting yellowpagesgoesgreen. i'm not sure this will stop the madness, but it might be worth a try.
if you like mr. lilek's strib column, you should visit his fine site and institute. as with trips to the louvre or the met, one should allow several days of study to fully appreciate the collection. the site forms a nice feeder system for mr. lilek's print publications, such as his remarkable gallery of regrettable food.