Ounding job of President of the Faculty Forum because nobody else would take the job and somebody had to It was a thankless job and I accomplished little but somebody had to do it But here is the real reason I am contacting you I purchased a first edition sed but nevertheless first edition hard cover copy of the book I was surprised when I noticed on Goodreads that that particular edition was not listed So I created one though the generic copy that resulted looks nothing like the canary yellow cover that my copy sports When I reached page seven in my reading I discovered why the first edition did not appear on Goodreads There is no page seven There also is no page eight or nine or ten They were not torn out It is obvious that they were never there in the first place Is this what putting pissed back into epistolary means If so it worked I m not reuesting a refund because I really enjoyed the book In fact it is my favorite book of the year But I do think that I am owed something By my calculations there are at least two maybe three epistles missing from my copy I am asking that you please do one of two things 1 send me the missing epistles in an email or 2 copy them and send them via USPSI trust that since you are not being swamped with No Gentleman for Georgina (The Notorious Flynns, unsolicited manuscripts that you will be able to find the time to do this for meI await your reply or the missing epistlesSincerelyHoward I join readers before me who recommend Professor Fitger s endless letters of recommendations Funny clever book Signing off with thesual commitment to righteousness and justiceJay Fitger Winner s Circle American Letter of Recommendation Society PS I assume it was someone s idea of a joke to insert in the minutes from last week s budget meeting the idea of me serving as associate chair Given your three year mandate to turn English around I presume that if you need assistance Thin Blue Smoke uelling the rabble you d search for some hapless junior faculty member who lacked the clout to refuse As for me I am probably the least likely associate chair you could find No one would listen to me I seldom listen to myself this is an like epistolary version of Lucky Jim in which a jovial but pompous and generallynlikeable blowhard of an english professor bloviates and alienates his way through a series of letters of recommendation straying from the task at hand to insert his own nrelated gripes and personal attacks destroying bridges he has already burned while somehow admirably also providing a narrative arcit s just a little wisp of a novel but anyone who has spent any time at all in the halls of academia will recognize and giggle at the frustrations and hoop jumping plaguing professor fitger poor beleaguered dinosaur of the creative writinglit department he like many of s bemoans the constant paperwork reuired of his position overwhelmed by the number of letters of recommendation he is asked to write freuently for students he has not even taught or met he also suffers from the increasing marginalization of his department professors shoehorned into smaller and smaller Restoration uarters while simultaneously being forced to take on responsibilities leadership positions filled by people outside the department or otherwisenualified euipment breaking down and not being repaired and the constant din of construction being done on the economics department which shares a building with the english department but seem to get all the perks presumably because their future alum will go on to lucrative careers with money to nostalgically donate to their former school in the beneficence of their glory days nostalgia during my The Vanished (Roswell High, undergrad days at NYU it was clear that those chumps in the stern business school had way perks than the poor old stodgy college of arts and sciences i guess to better prepare them for lives of privilege and schwag while we shivered in our dickensian poorly heated rooms with industrial gray walls and smeared windows ah memoriesprof fitger is also incensed by modernity and the increasing reliance onexpectations of the technological world whose cold automation displeases him particularly since his department s IT staff are condescending when they can even be foundhis personal life is also in a shambles he has left a trail of scorned women in his wake women who are in powerful professional positions from whom he needs to beg favors despite their messy histories which they are not yet ready to forgive add to that the firework trajectory of his writing career one giant first novel burst of success followed by fizzle after fizzle and you can see how he has turned into such a bitter mansing these letters to vent about his various personal and professional slights and enacting petty revenges as he veers into freuently funny asides and anecdotes but while he is generally frustrated with the number of LORs. Led offices His once promising writing career is in the doldrums as is his romantic life in part as the result of his 120 Jobs That Wont Chain You to Your Desk unwisese 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 vehicle thi.
Ahhhh my favorite pit of despair AcademiaThis fit the 2017 PopSugar reading challenge A Book of Letters just perfectly I wanted a book only told through letters No narration no forward no nothing And Dear Committee Members followed that to the letter haThis story is told through a series of increasingly passive aggressive and personal letters from Jason Fitger a creative writing professor at Payne University Ha PayneHe becomes increasingly frustrated by funding school politics an ever increasing demand for letters of recommendation etc and he vents every last feeling through his letters I aspire to be as petty as himEndearing and charming Jason maintains his stance as one of the last defenders of the written word He carves out his territory and manages to keep the ever present slog of the digital world world at bay though I was surprised by how much emotion that ending hit me with Punch in the gut Audiobook Comments Well read Good characterization and tone throughout the passive aggressive lettersYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading 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 imagin This is a very funny and also a very smart look at the contemporary world of academia as seen through the endless numbers of letters of recommendation written by Jason T Fitger a professor of Creative Writing and English at the fictional Payne University which is located somewhere in the Midwest Like so many other disciplines in the Humanities Fitger s English department appears to be Taken by the Pterodactyl (Dinosaur Erotica) under siege Its budget has been slashed full time tenured faculty are being forced out in favor of part time non tenured wage slaves the graduate program is in decline the physical facilities are falling apart and the administration apparently couldn t care less To add insult to injury a sociologist a sociologist has just been installed as head of the English department and while the department can t even afford a working copy machine theniversity is spending a fortune to renovate the floors above the English department creating veritable Taj Mahal in which to house the damned 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 The Four Faces of God uick diverting readMr Fitger is often hilarious in his carefully worded but politically insensate langua Ms Nan A TaleseDoubleday Publishing1745 BroadwayNew York NY 10019Dear Ms TaleseI saw online that you were the contact person for Doubleday Publishing and that manuscripts must be submitted by agents because you do not acceptnsolicited manuscriptsWell relax Nan that isn t why I am contacting you No I have several other reasons I would like to tell you about I became aware of the book Dear Committee Members when several of my respected friends gave it good reviews on Goodreads I also liked the opening line that you all sed in your description of the book Finally a novel that puts the pissed back into epistolary Very clever It is a clever book Epistolary novels are tricky propositions and Julie Schumacher pulled it off She was able to do that because it is obvious that she is intimately acuainted with the academic world that she describes in the epistles that her protagonist a professor of creative writing and literature writes to well to everybody but especially to the many administrators who by the way outnumber the full time classroom teaching professors at his niversity That places his institution smack dab in the mainstream and I could feel his pain Some of the epistles made me laugh out loud and some of them made me cuss like a sailor because they were so on target I spent many years as the chair of my department in the small college where I taught I took the job for the same reason that people in Schumacher s book did because nobody else would take the job and somebody had to It was a thankless job and I accomplished little but somebody had to do it I also took on the distinguished 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 arters while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remode.
He has to write he has also taken a shine to one student in particular on whose behalf he writes many genuine letters trying to get him entree into funded programs and the attention of his own former editor finding himself in the nenviable position of beseeching those he has himself pissed off in the past who are Nude Women Photography (Sexy Photo Book) UNCENSORED unwilling to receive his reuests favorablyit s short and funny and also a little sad but anyone who knows this world will find themselves nodding along even if they themselves have never been a cranky old professorcome to my blog Dear Goodreads friendI am writing to highly recommend that you read Dear Committee Members especially if you have a propensity to enjoy sardonic academic satires written in the form of LORs letters of reference written by a cantankerous professor of English literature who has a tendency to irk many colleagues and former spouses has an endless supply of pet peeves but nevertheless cares for a handful of his talented students and colleagues and has many valid albeit overwrought observations to make about the decline of academia in general and the humanities in particular Jay Fitger is the fictional English professor inestion and his story is told entirely through some of his LORs which he numbers at approximately 1300 at this point in his career and which he claims detract him from his ability to do his real writing The LORs are rarely on point almost never flattering to the subject of the letter and are often complaints about his department and Solutions Manual for Introduction to Systems Biology university the state of academia the world in general and his pitiful love life in no particular order of importance And of course not surprisingly in the best tradition of some academic writing Professor Fitger s language is delightfully simultaneously circuitous and precise if that makes any sense In closing dear Goodreads friend I highly recommend this book if you need an at times laugh out loud comic interlude and academic satires turn your crank think of Richard Russo s Straight Man or David Lodge s earlier novels Yours truly a former graduate student of English literature who happily headed for the hills many moons ago but nevertheless loves a good academic satire that justifies the decision to abandon academic life for mundane pursuits Esil 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 Of course there is a serious commentary on the state of academic affairs here especially of English and Creative Writing Departments but this book was extremely funny and I loved it I don t mean to diminish the seriousnderlying message but I laughed out loud Jay Fitger Professor of Creative Writing and English at Payne University seems to spend a good part of his day writing letters of recommendation for students and former students for jobs graduate school or literary residence programs The letters are scathingly sarcastic and eually hilarious This book is comprised of these lettersStudents that he taught and students that he doesn t even know ask him to recommend them for child care IT and catering jobs and a host of other jobs totally Happy Halloween from the Montgomerys (With Me in Seattle, unrelated to their English degrees These are also very telling letters and we learn a bit about Fitger s personal life as well since the director of a literary residence program is one of his exes His other ex works in admissions at the law school and he sometimes recommends students to these programs So we get to know a little about his past relationships and also his less than lustrous literary career He d come across as a pathetic character if not for his intelligent humor and the impression that deep down he s really a good guyAlso amusing are the letters he writes for colleagues aspiring to other jobs or being nominated for committee assignments Not only do we find out what he really thinks of these colleagues but we get the sense of the low status of the English department in his comments about the poor conditions such the leaky pipes in the men s room and not filling multiple vacant positions Then in recommending a colleague for another job one at a Bible college he goes so far as to tell how he slept with her for three yearsI won t go on because I don t want to spoil it any than I have for anyone who reads this I would recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining read with some substance beneath the funny lines and I suspect that anyone who is or was part of academia will love this book It s a short book and aick read because you will find yourself going to the next letter as soon as you finish the one you ve just readThanks to Harper Collins and NetGalley. S droll and inventive novel Prince Henery Sinclair uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly calledpon 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.
JULIE SCHUMACHER grew up in Wilmington Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University where she earned her MFA Her first novel The Body Is Water was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PENHemingway Award Her 2014 novel Dear Committee Members won the Thurber Prize for American Humor; she is the first woman to h