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Jan 17Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

Damn it. fuck cancer.

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Jan 17Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

Body Type Interview - damn! Three lines in and reading through my tears. My journey through life; from my brain to my parents to my parenting. Tried so hard not to be my parents. Still working on it with my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing.

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Jan 17Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

Alex, thanks for sharing the Go Fund Me. I'm relieved to see the abundance of support – the road is long for Wolfie and his family, but friends and family support make SUCH a huge difference!

I'm all for the heartfelt ones, but for whatever reason I like your tech rants the most (maybe because I'm a graphic designer and yet I actually kinda loathe tech tbh). Your AI one was the first piece I read during Foster last summer and made me subscribe. And the one about the Apple Vision Pro goggles just killed me. I think that's the one that made me go Paid Sub. I'm honestly down for anything you write though, even the Titanic one which I just read for the first time and it might be the most DobrenkosmsTM (your style of wordplay) in one episode, so who can be mad about that?!

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Alex, I have just subscribed two weeks ago but am gonna run and read the Titanic and the rest of the most hated list right this moment. Looking forward to the most hated rounded up of 2024.

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Listen to Lauren… xx

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Jan 17·edited Jan 17Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

my fav BAT one was most likely the one which made me subscribe, which was the poop morning with Wilder and Robert? and there was this line about Robert looking like a middle-aged man at a swimming pool or something which made me laugh out loud. loved that. i cannot comment on the flops because i don't think anything flopped but also DO YOU REALLY want your audience to say, 'hey Dobro, this sucked'? i don't think i could handle a random reader telling me a post flopped.

i can't recall all my personal Substack favies from this year but let me cast my mind back and dredge something up:

- Katie Nissen and her diagrams

- any song Richard Shindell shares

- Maggie MacDonald's library adventures, but honestly just Maggie in general who is now my friend and I text her about door erotica and beekeeping drug dealers

- I love Anne Kadet's little interviews and things like when she sat in a chair on a platform all day

- recently read some of Deirdre Lewis' things and she's a great writer and I'm excited to read more

- and Rosana whose newsletters I kept reading in Substack and then realised I had to actually subscribe because having an life crisis in Planet Organic is v relatable for me

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Jan 18Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

One third of future Americans are named Wilder?

How did that happen?! 😂

So sorry to hear about Wolfie. Poor little guy.

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"I Think My Son Hates Me" made a subscriber out of me, and your piece on the Light Phone gave me just enough of a push to trade in my smart phone. No regrets on either count.

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Sorry but I can’t get beyond Wolfie and autocorrect keeps writing Willie.

I’m gonna get really creative and different here and say I love all your pieces. I know. Dull answer but it’s true.

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Jan 17Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

It makes my eye twitch when parenthesis don't have closure. And I'll keep reading BAT. Because...

both are true.

My favorite restaurant is Pisa Lisa in Sedona, AZ and their da Dorothy pizza with added ricotta. Sigh. We no longer dwell in close proximity.

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why is it that so many of your posts make me start my comment with god damn it alex.

words are inadequate to express feelings about a four year old having cancer. donated.

Let’s talk i guess?

1. what were your favorite BAT moments of the year? first, when i discovered you. second, when i subscribed like a boss

2. Any posts you loved? Any you hated? none that i hated but then again i only found you in september so perhaps there is something hateable earlier in the year.

3. Besides BAT, what were your bangers and busts from last year? a road trip with my honey along the southern shore of lake superior.

4. i am a titanic ignoramus. but ok. if you wrote it, it’s probably at least straggling, if not gtenius.

5. not new here how can you suggest that. fave restaurant is six hours away, so we don’t get there very often. the inimitable Giordano’s pizza in Chicago, IL.

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Jan 17Liked by Alex Dobrenko`

Alex, it was cool getting to know you a tiny bit in 2023! Looking forward to a fully nude (metaphorically) 2024.

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