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Kafka-esque

March 01, 1987

Newsday reports that the royalties department of Random House recently sent a letter to a London publisher that said, in part: "Dear Author: Our records indicate we are missing your Social Security number or taxpayer identification number. In order to avoid penalties imposed by the IRS. . . ."

The letter was addressed to Franz Kafka. Random House called it "a computer mistake."

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