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Overqualified by Joey Comeau
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Dec 28, 2009

it was ok

** spoiler alert ** I hinted at this for a Christmas gift after spotting it on Tice's list; skimming the back cover blurb, I thought it was going to be a Financial-Crisis-Era riff on The Lazlo Letters, which my mom had a copy of growing up and which, like her, is silly and light in its sense of humor. I got about a third of the way through this on Christmas Day before realizing, through the blur of holiday cheer, that it was more sad than funny, that the cover letter conceit was ancillary (although the impersonal entities to which the letters are addressed are characters in the narrative) to the author's purpose, and that the humor was not dadaist but often despairingly cynical. Some lovely and true moments, though.
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