by Joey Comeau
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" OVERQUALIFIED 's cover letters are like a slap in the face, butthe slap is hilarious, and you can't stop laughing, and as soonas it's over you want to tell all your friends about the slap.You know the kind?" - Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics "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 surprisinghilarity.&dquo; - Paul Di Filippo,author of THE STEAMPUNK TRILOGY and COSMOCOPIA 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 talkabout 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 evergoing to get this job. Not with a letter like this. And you send it anyway.
- ECW Press, April 2009
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