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Read & download ↠ Dear Committee Members ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Û [Epub] ➟ Dear Committee Members By Julie Schumacher – Finally a novel that puts the pissed back into epistolaryJason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne UniversHicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon low spirits and passive aggressive strategies We recommend Dear Committee Members to you in the strongest possible term. Anyone who has spent time in academia will get a chuckle out of this book It's a collection of letters from a disgruntled English professor at a small college Most of the missives are Letters of Recommendation for students but there are also emails and memos to colleagues The novel written by a woman who is a writing professor at the University of Minnesota smartly touches on a lot of the current problems in higher education including its overreliance on part time instructors instead of full time faculty members the defunding of humanities programs and the emphasis on science and tech and the rising cost of a college degree which forces students to take out and greater loans which they have trouble paying back because of the poor job market It's a heaping mess of ARGHI've worked at a college for than five years and parts of this novel made me laugh so hard I started crying It's a dark comedy to be sure and there are some sad and frustrating elements to the story But it's a fast and mostly fun read and I heartily recommend itFavorite uotesAs a student of literature and creative writing Ms Newcome honed crucial traits that will be of use to you imagination patience resourcefulness and empathy The reading and writing of fiction both reuires and instills empathy — the insertion of oneself into the life of anotherIf every member of the human race evinced a fondness for literature and even a moderate level of dexterity with the written word I would be a happier if not well adjusted manI am always taken aback when students confide in me that beneath their desire to write lies a uest for permanence It's odd but touching I think that even during this disposable age while consigning great mountains of refuse to landfills and to atolls of plastic in the Pacific these young would be novelists and poets believe that art is eternal Au contraire we are in the business of ephemera the era of floating islands of trash and most of the things we feel deeply and inscribe on the page will disappearAs for me the closest I have come to exaltation has been here at the university with a book in my hand Literature has served me faithfully no pun intended as an ersatz religion and I would wager that the pursuit of the ineffable via aesthetics in various forms has saved as many foundering souls as a belief in god

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Finally a novel that puts the pissed back into epistolaryJason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest His department is facing draconian cuts and sualid uarters while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled of. Dear Fellow ReadersI am pleased to endorse to you the short little epistolary novel Dear Committee Members This book will most likely be hilarious if you are familiar with the onuses and whims of bureaucratic academia as the narrator Mr Jason Fitger is one of the few tenured members of the English Department in a small midwestern college However it would also be enjoyable for people who enjoy acerbic wit Undoubtedly whatever your persuasion you will find this work a uick diverting readMr Fitger is often hilarious in his carefully worded but politically insensate language For instance in describing the English Department to the new department chair he notes a third of the staff are ineligible for the position and the remaining two thirds of the faculty bearing the scars of disenfranchisement and long term abuse are busy tending to personal grudges like scraps of carrion on which they gnaw in the gloom of their officesThe remarkable thing about Mr Fitger of course is the strange double think he operates under In one letter for instance he reuests his literary agent take a look at the initial chapters of a protege's book A few sentences later he apologizes then adds Well never mind Water under the bridge and all that; I'm sure the twelve year old you assigned the task of evaluating my work did her utmost He is what you get when you remove impulse control from a highly articulate writerIf you will permit me a minor digression I recently had a conversation with a notable person shall we say a student of the mind who suggested that as individuals we tell ourselves stories about what others around us are thinking These stories often represent or reaffirm our own world view rather than true curiosity of another's experience So if I would note that Jason seems somewhat disenfranchised from his own life and somewhat socially inept am I just reaffirming a preferred story However there was a point two thirds through the book when I realized the narrator was a bit of an ass It's not my preferred way of interpreting the world but how else can you explain a recommendation letter for a colleague applying for an associate dean position in which he answers the uestion Context of My Acuaintanceship by saying Carole and I slept together without cohabiting or making promises we would be unable to honor for almost three years That said the end seemed a bit forced in the direction of a mostly happy ending consisting as it did of a significant amount of personal growth Personally I remain disbelieving but I suppose all things are possible However as I found the overall story clever and engaging I would not hesitate to recommend Dear Committee MembersIn solidarity for reading amusementcarolPS Emma Deplores GR Censorship nails the actual analysis of the book here

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Dear Committee MembersFices His once promising writing career is in the doldrums as is his romantic life Dear Committee MOBI #181 in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels His star he thinks student can't catch a break with his brilliant he thinks work Accountant in a Bordello based on Melville's Bartleby In short his life is a tale of woe and the ve. Dear Author It is with deeply felt regret that I have to tell you that I can't recommend your book to the wider Goodreads community despite the fact that I really liked it It even made me laugh out loud many times serving as a perfect digression from some heavy reading that I had to digest this weekend Why you might rightly ask dear Author will I then not do you the favour to write something nice about it Something about the hilarious idea to reinvent the epistolary genre with a funny collection of letters of recommendation Why not admit that I had the time of my life imagining that I would dare to write exactly what I think instead of those idiotic nonsense sentences that look good but tell you nothing about the real person I am recommending Why not mention that I spent an hour reflecting on my dilemma when I had to write letters for fifteen adolescents all applying to the same schools What to do Write the same over and over again and nullify the effect of every single letter Be honest and maybe destroy the chances of some students whose only wish was to go on with their education something I support from the bottom of my heart Why do I not use the chance to digress from the topic just like the less than lovable writer in the novel Why do I not at least say something about how the misery of that fictional academic institution made me laugh hysterically because I recognised EVERY SINGLE PROBLEM the construction site the funding the colleagues administration and students not to mention the personal issues I must have something to say about all of thatYes dear Author I do But you have brilliantly made a case for the absolute absurdity of letters of recommendation and since you completely convinced me with your deeply sarcastic yet incredibly true story told entirely in the form of frustrated and ridiculously funny and honest LORs I decided to act on your implicit advice and NOT WRITE A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATIONHaving said that sometimes they work despite their idiocy for I read this book on recommendation from a fellow Goodreader and I had a perfectly blissful timePlease accept my honest apology for not recommending this to whoever has ever set foot in an academic andor pedagogical institutionDisrespectfullyThe Delighted Reader