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Today I was sitting in the cafeteria reading Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner, when a former-temp-like-me-now-permanent-employee walked up to me and interrupted by saying: "I see you're reading a fantasy novel."

I showed him the cover. "It's a really good book."

"Escapism," he said with a little sneer. I turned my back on him, because it would be nice to be offered a full-time job someday. I hear they have these things called "benefits" available to people like me--and I'm not even Canadian! So the last thing I needed was for this guy to go back to his cubicle and tell everyone that I'd just suggested he pull his head out of his cornhole.

That wasn't quite hint enough, apparently. He said: "Well, I know what you have to do from nine to five, so I guess there's no shame in it."

Well, Swordspoint is a very good book. A wonderful book, in fact. Everyone out who hasn't read it should do so immediately. You don't even have to be ashamed.

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sartorias
Sep. 1st, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Geez, what a totally hostile fuckwad!
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
I so wish I had called him that!
sartorias
Sep. 2nd, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
No, no, what you say is, "So what's your fantasy, Prince Thundernuts?"
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Note to self: Be nice to Sherwood after she's had a lot of meetings at work.

:->
sartorias
Sep. 2nd, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
Hyeah baby. Ain't no crab like Mom Smith after a boiling day scrubbing gum off desks, and then the fun of faculty meetings and finding out what new things we are stuck doing and not being paid for this year. Hoo yeah. Crab city on ice.

amberdine
Sep. 1st, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
It's not even really a fantasy novel, IIRC. ;)

What an idiot.
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
I would have called it fantasy, if only because of the made-up world. And he kind of annoying.
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burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
Thanks. I fixed the mistake.

He reads all non-fiction, apparently.
baldanders
Sep. 2nd, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
All fiction is escapism. And all fiction is fantasy. If you catch your co-worker reading a novel, you should sidle up to him and tell him, confidentially, "It's all lies, y'know."

Swordspoint is a marvelous book. It's not even fantasy in the sense your rude co-worker probably thinks, inasmuch as there is no magic or made-up creatures or anything the reader can't recognize as being a version of something from our world. It's more of a historical set in a non-existent historical period.
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
I've never seen him with any fiction. All he seems to read is anti-Bush/anti-Republican/anti-conservative non-fiction. And hey, I'm happy to bash the Shrub as much as the next liberal Seattleite, but this guy is freaking tireless.

roadnotes
Sep. 2nd, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Remember: stuffing your coworker's body in the trash, while tempting, is annoying to the cleaning team.

Sheesh.
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Heh. So I should carry him out to the Dumpster myself? I guess if a job's worth doing....
awritersweekend
Sep. 2nd, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
What's his email address? I want to invite him to come to our June event where he can hear Professor John Trombold do a mighty fine lecture on the art of genre literature. Trombold, btw, is the author of academic research books on the history of writing in the Northwest. I love giving out free registrations to people who need to have a life-changing experience...
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
I suspect that, if he isn't spending his free time carrying a giant puppet at an "Impeach Bush" rally, he considers it a frivolous waste.

But if you're serious, I'll send it to you....
awritersweekend
Sep. 2nd, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
serious...email me at writersweekend@hotmail.com and I'll throw in a free reg for you, too. Just to see the look on his face.
burger_eater
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
Now that I'm actually at work, I'm going to chicken out on this: Mainly, I want to get hired here permanently, and the best way for that to happen would be if I have as little to do with this guy as possible. He kinda annoys me.

And I don't need a free reg for myself; I'm planning to attend the June '07 event already. I enjoyed the '05 event and would have gone again this past summer if my wife hadn't just has surgery.

But thank you very much for the offer. It was incredibly nice of you.
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Comments

  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:47
    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:46
    Oh yeah. Like the lawyers who get obvious really venal criminals off because it makes their success rate look good. But those are not the ones I am referring to in meaning well. These guys are mixed…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 20:37
    This reminds me of the time my wife was injured and the insurance guy handling her case did everything possible to deny and stall the payment. We had to put her surgery on a credit card because this…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:24
    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:08
    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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