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Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
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Dec 31, 2011

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Read on December 31, 2011

Nothing like reading about the pathetic whimpers of diminishing humanity against the stultifying effects of bureaucracy when waiting - and waiting - for a delayed flight. Oof. Bartleby's passive resistance is met with the confusion and fascination it deserves, whether or not that reaction is convincing in the long-term, and it is funny when it is not incredibly depressing.

Sterling Archer made this out to be more difficult than it really is. It's got a nice Metamorphosis-ish type feel to it because the story benefits from - rather than suffers from - an obfuscation of motive. It's funny and absurd, but ends on a sad note that similarly benefits from obfuscation, because it is semi-speculative.

Mike Judge is indebted to this story, also, and if people weren't so invested in making the painfully obvious "I would prefer not to write a review" joke, maybe they would've mentioned it by this point.

Anyway, this is what I've closed up 2011 with, and I'm okay with that.
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