Overqualified

Joey Comeau (Author)
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Description

"Overqualified's cover letters are like a slap in the face, but the slap is hilarious, and you can't stop laughing, and as soon as it's over you want to tell all your friends about the slap. You know the kind?" -- Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics

Cover letters are all the same. They're useless. You write the same lies over and over again, listing the store-bought parts of yourself that you respect the least. God knows how they tell anyone apart, but this is how it's done.

And then one day a car comes out of nowhere, and suddenly everything changes and you don't know if he'll ever wake up. You get out of bed in the morning, and when you sit down to write another paint-by-numbers cover letter, something entirely different comes out. You start threatening instead of begging. You tell impolite jokes. You talk about your childhood and your sexual fantasies. You sign your real name and you put yourself honestly into letter after letter and there is no way you are ever going to get this job. Not with a letter like this. And you send it anyway.

Product Details

Price: $14.95
Publisher: ECW Press
Published Date: April 01, 2009
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 5.2 X 0.4 X 8.0 inches | 0.35 pounds
ISBN: 9781550228588
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About the Author

Joey Comeau is the author of "Lockpick Pornography" and "Too Late to Say I'm Sorry," as well as the popular web comic "A Softer World." He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Reviews

"There have been spoof letter-writing books in the past, like "The Lazlo Letters" by Don Novello (a.k.a. Father Guido Sarducci) and several that followed. While [this] protagonist in is just as unhinged as his predecessors, he's significantly less giddy. A real story unfolds in these pages, about a departed brother and the sibling left behind. It's sad and fragmented and, in places, funny. This slender epistolary novel is charming." --"Los Angeles Times" Jacket Copy online
"Unlike anything you've ever read. Each of Joey Comeau's letters comments, sometimes subtley, sometimes not, on the emptiness of the system . . . while it simultaneously reveals the humor, beauty, and pain that is all else in life." --About.com
"A collection of wry, clever and demoniacal job-application letters, teeming with knife-edged malice and stomach-tearing hilarity . . . Successfully deludes the fear of the faceless corporate entity by empowering the faceless applicant." --"Globe and Mail"
"A sometimes-hilarious, sometimes-crushingly sad romp through a man's swelling nihilism and disenchantment. --MonstersAndCritics.com
"Joey Comeau's collection of real cover letters, "Overqualified, " is pretty much sui generis. Not to mention sweetly written, bitter and bitterly funny . . . One of the season's most remarkable books." --Macleans.ca
""Overqualified"'s cover letters are like a slap in the face, but the slap is hilarious, and you can't stop laughing, and as soon as it's over you want to tell all your friends about the slap. You know the kind?" --Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics
"Joey Comeau has made the unreadable not just readable, but beguiling in its digressions and personal revelations." "--Eye Magazine"
"Joey Comeau's "Overqualified" is Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" as chewed up and spit out by J. G. Ballard. . . . A book whose melancholy is leavened by a surprising hilarity." --Paul Di Filippo, author, "The Steampunk Triology" and "Cosmocopia"