Sunday, March 29, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Out of control

Profanity in the office.

The Manny diaries

Within two days, she had waded through everything, consulting with me over what to toss and what to file under which category. We came up with dozens — Education Story Ideas, Bills, Manny Ramírez, Poems I Love, Expense Receipts, Letters from Mom and Dad — and she created a place for each...—NYT

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

No Lucky Jim?

At the Book Culture blog: What Ed Park's students are reading.

(EP appears at Book Culture for a reading and conversation with Damion Searls (author of the excellent What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going) on April 29.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Scents and sensibility

Woah --

I think this is what Maxine wears?

yrs,
Lizzie

PS "Sprout" — an anagram of Proust...!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Executioner's song

On This American Life: "Host Ira Glass talks with a veteran Human Resources administrator about what it's like to fire people, and why it helps if you don't actually use the word 'fire.' "


(Click here to listen.)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Bright future

Weary of Looking for Work, Some Create Their Own

Alex Andon, 24, a graduate of Duke University in biology, was laid off from a biotech company last May. For months he sought new work. Then, frustrated with the hunt, he turned to jellyfish.

In an apartment he shares here with six roommates, Mr. Andon started a business in September building jellyfish aquariums, capitalizing on new technology that helps the fragile creatures survive in captivity.

“I keep getting stung,” he said.

NYT

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Who would you throw overboard?

From Driftwood Singers Presents:

They’re laying off a shit load of humans at the work place. We’re all meditating on our dispensability. It’s like corporate zen. People are playing the game of trying to figure out who will go first – pairs of peers congregate outside (the water cooler’s no longer safe, and, plus, they’ve stopped providing us with coffee, so there’s less of a reason to be there), whispering, some teary-eyed, some giddy from the whole facing-the-firing-squad-concentrates-the-mind effect. It’s like the opposite of fantasy sports leagues. Nightmare employment league. Who would you throw overboard? The rodent-like mind takes over, and the gnawing and clawing survival instinct starts to do shameful things. But I’m trying not to feast on carrion comfort. Like G. M. Hopkins says, “my chaff might fly.” It’s all in the wind.

(Click for original post and two songs.)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Suddenly this spring

Ed's piece "The Sudden Sharp Memory," about Robert Cormier's novel I Am the Cheese, will appear in Burn This Book (Harper Studio), edited by Toni Morrison, this May. Contributors include Paul Auster, Russell Banks, Nadine Gordimer, John Updike, and others.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tonight at 6:30 in NYC


3/12: Ed reads from PD at the Gallatin Teacher's Reading with Sharon Friedman and Ritty Lukose.

It's at the Bronfman Center on 7 E. 10th St.

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Last night he dreamt he had to buy a manga called Aztec Camera.

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The Hartford Advocate on Personal Days and other layoff lit:
Park's novel is both comforting and terrifying in its dead-on-ness. It perfectly captures the gritty angst of the workplace: the sort-of-weird quasi-friendships that form over drinks and talk of work and other coworkers; the awkwardness that squeamishly comes with the laying off of a colleague; the dull, maddening meaninglessness of business-speak. Park illustrates the office so well you could literally cry. That's dramatic, perhaps, but so is the unbearable tension of waiting for an unspecified number of your colleagues to get "the tap" from a shifty-looking HR dude (or dudette).

Monday, March 9, 2009

April 21 reading

I'll be reading with Nathaniel Rich (The Mayor's Tongue) on April 21 at 7, at Pacific Standard in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

(More here.)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

PD news flashes

News flash!

Personal Days
is a finalist for the PEN Hemingway Award!

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On April 29, at 7 p.m., Ed joins Damion Searls (What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going) in conversation at Book Culture on W. 112th St.

(Click here for other March and April appearances.)