Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Strangers with Kidneys

So much for the hiatus.

I just got an email from a complete stranger who doesn't bother to introduce himself in any way. The email says:

Dear Professor [Spiros],

I have a paper due tomorrow on your views about [x]. If you send me two critical reviews of [your recent book about x], I will owe you a kidney. Thanks so much! --[Stranger]

What to do....

15 comments:

Paul Gowder said...

Sent two totally obsequious reviews, convince the student they are critical, ask to see the eventual paper, laugh?

Spiros said...

But should I demand the kidney?

PA said...

You can always use an extra kidney. Will he deliver immediately upon receipt of the reviews, or keep it fresh until you decide you need it?

Dr. Killjoy said...

Careful, this could be a Twilight Zone style situation, that is, that the kidney be his/hers wasn't specified, and so, upon demanding the kidney, you may awake in a tub full of ice holding...your own kidney!!!!!

Anonymous said...

it also doesn't specify human kidney, or what condition the kidney is in.

all i'm saying is buyer beware. Demand the kidney upfront, I'd say.

philete said...

Demand it up front, yes, but hold out for the chianti too.

Anonymous said...

Post it on your blogs and then make jokes, obviously!

Ī£mpire Photography said...

Maybe he/she just wants to make you a lovely kidney pie.
;)

Krinos said...

Suggested response:

I don't have time to give you my views on x, but I do have time to give you my views on people trying to shirk the work of doing philosophy: you stink.

Skef said...

Maybe he read Singer, figures he already owes you a kidney, and is trying to get them for nothing.

Anonymous said...

We have a duty to be chordates to renates

Anonymous said...

I say demand the Kidney up front, pickle it, and then put it on display in your office.

Anonymous said...

This person should spend the kidney on a tutorial on Google searching.

Anonymous said...

Send them a kidney (anybody's would do the trick). Sort of pulling a Kiezer Soze, don't mess with philosophy, sort of thing.

Dr. Killjoy said...

Your...own...kidney!!!!