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ಲ Download Format Kindle @Dear Committee Members ಿ By Julie Schumacher ೦ ಲ Download Format Kindle @Dear Committee Members ಿ By Julie Schumacher ೦ September 3, 2009Bentham Literary Residency ProgramP.O Box 1572Bentham, ME 04976Dear Committee Members,Over the past twenty odd years Ive recommended god only knows how many talented candidates for the Bentham January residency that enviable literary oasis in the woods south of Skowhegan the solitude, the pristine cabins, the artistic camaraderie, and those exquisite hand delivered satchels of apples and cheese Well, you can scratch all prior nominees and pretenders from your mailing lists, because none is as provocative or as promising as Darren Browles.Mr Browles is my advisee hes taken two of my workshops, and his novel in progress, a retelling of Melvilles Bartleby but in which the eponymous character is hired to keep the books at a brothel, circa 1960, just outside Las Vegas , is both tender satire and blistering adaptation homage In brief this tour de force is witty, incisive, original, brutally sophisticated, erotic You dont need me to summarize it youll have received his two opening chapters My agent, Ken Doyle, is apprised of the project and is gnashing his pearly incisors in the hope of receiving the completed manuscript soon Any additional perks or funding you can provide for Browles during the residency will be appreciated hes likely to be wooed by editors all over New York.A personal aside I was very sorry to hear of Mikes death He was a terrific director, and I always enjoyed talking to him in the row of blue rocking chairs out on the porch during the occasions too rare when I was able to escape my academic duties here in the Midwest and accept his invitations to Bentham Hell be terribly hard to replace Whoever tries to step into them will find he wore sizeable, generous shoes.In sadness but looking to the future,Jason T FitgerProfessor of Creative Writing and EnglishDepartment of EnglishPayne UniversitySeptember 4, 2009Theodore Boti, ChairDepartment of EnglishDear Ted,Your memo of August 30 requests that we on the English faculty recommend some luckless colleague for the position of director of graduate studies You may have been surprised to find this position vacant upon your assumption of the chairship last month if so, trust me, you will encounter many such surprises here A quick aside, Ted god knows what enticements were employed during the heat of summer to persuade you a sociologist to accept the position of chair in a department not your own, an academic unit whose reputation for eccentricity and discord has inspired the upper echelon to punish us by withholding favors as if from a six year old at a birthday party No raises or research funds for you, you ungovernable rascals And no fudge before dinner Perhaps, as the subject of a sociological study, you will find the problem of our dwindling status intriguing.To the matter at hand though English has traditionally been a largish department, you will find there are very few viable candidates capable of assuming the mantle of DGS In fact, if I were a betting man, Id wager that only 10 percent of the English instruction list will answer your call for nominations Why First, because than a third of our faculty now consists of temporary adjunct instructors who creep into the building under cover of darkness to teach their graveyard shifts of freshman comp they are not eligible to vote or to serve Second, because the remaining two thirds of the faculty, bearing the scars of disenfranchisement and long term abuse, are busy tending to personal grudges like scraps of carrion on which they gnaw in the gloom of their offices Long story short your options arent pretty.After subtracting the names of those who are on leave or close to retirement, and those already serving in the killing fields of administration, you will probably be forced to choose between Franklin Kentrell NO spend five consecutive minutes with him and you will understand why Jennifer Brown Wilson a whipping girl for the theory faction already terrorized, she will decline Albert Tyne under no circumstances should you enter his office without several days warning on this later Donna Lovejoy poor overworked creature I hereby nominate her anonymously please with this letter and me Youll soon find that I make myself unpleasant enough to be safe from nomination.Enfin Lovejoy will sag under this additional burden, but she will perform.Ted, in your memo you referred briefly, also, to the need for faculty forbearance during what we were initially told would be the remodeling of the second floor for the benefit of our colleagues in the Economics Department.1 Im not sure that you noticed, but the Econ faculty were, in early August, evacuated from the building as if theyd been notified, sotto voce, of an oncoming plague Not so the faculty in English With the exception of a few individuals both fleet of foot and quick witted enough to claim status as asthmatics, we have been Left Behind, almost biblically, expected to begin our classes and meet with students while bulldozers snarl at the door Yesterday afternoon during my Multicultural American Literature class, I watched a wrecking ball swinging like a hypnotists watch just past the window While I am relieved to know that the economists delicate creatures have been safely installed in a wing of the new geology building where their physical comfort and aesthetic needs can be addressed, those of us who remain as castaways here in Willard Hall risk not only deafness but mutation as of next week we have been instructed to keep our windows tightly closed due to particulate matter but my office window heres the amusing part, Ted no longer shuts One theory here the deanery is annoyed with our requests for parity and, weary of waiting for us to retire, has decided to kill us Let the academic year begin Cordially and with a hearty welcome to the madhouse,JaySeptember 9, 2009Mary Alice Ingersol, ManagerWexler Foods, Inc.65409 Capitol DriveMaplewood, MN 55109Dear Ms Ingersol,This letter is intended to bolster the application to Wexler Foods of my former student John Leszczynski, who completed the Junior Senior Creative Writing Workshop three months ago Mr Leszczynski received a final grade of B, primarily on the basis of an eleven page short story about an inebriated man who tumbles into a cave and surfaces from an alcoholic stupor to find that a tentacled monster a sort of fanged and copiously salivating octopus, if memory serves is gnawing through the flesh of his lower legs, the monsters spittle burbling ever closer to the victims groin Though chaotic and improbable even within the fantasy horror genre, the story was solidly constructed dialogue consisted primarily of agonized groans and screaming the chronology was relentlessly clear.Mr Leszczynski attended class faithfully, arriving on time, and rarely succumbed to the undergraduate impulse to check his cell phone for messages or relentlessly zip and unzip his backpack in the final minutes of class.Whether punctuality and an enthusiasm for flesh eating cephalopods are the main attributes of the ideal Wexler employee I have no idea, but Mr Leszczynski is an affable young man, reliable in his habits, and reasonably bright.You might start him off in produce, rather than seafood or meats.Whimsically,Jason T Fitger, Professor of Creative Writing EnglishPayne UniversitySeptember 14, 2009Ted Boti, Resident Sociologist and ChairDepartment of EnglishDear Ted Youve asked me to write a letter seconding the nomination of Franklin Kentrell for Paynes coveted Davidson Chair I assume Kentrell is behind this request no sane person would nominate a man whose only recent publications consist of personal genealogical material and who wears visible sock garters in class all he lacks is a white tin basin to resemble a nineteenth century barber.But if you want me to endorse his nomination in order to keep him quiet and away from your office you will find him as persistent and maddening as a fly , you may excerpt the following sentences and affix my name to them Professor Franklin Kentrell has a singular mind and a unique approach to the discipline He is sui generis The Davidson Chair has never seen his like before.A word on the call for official, written letters of recommendation, Ted I hope for the sake of all concerned you will cut back on these as much as possible The LOR has become a rampant absurdity, usurping the place of the quick consultation and the two minute phone call not to mention the teaching and research that faculty were supposedly hired to perform I havent published a novel in six years instead, I fill my departmental hours casting words of praise into the bureaucratic abyss On multiple occasions, serving on awards committees, I was actually required to write LORs to myself.Keeping my temper under wraps for the present,JayP.S I couldnt help but notice, following the departure of the economists, that our Tech Help office has been largely vacated as well, a single employee the appropriately named Mr Duffy Napp left behind to respond to faculty requests for computer assistance This surly somnambulist rarely deigns to answer the most basic of questions and treats with exhausted dismay any individual who is not a specialist in computer arcana Might it be possible to exchange the Napper for someone civil and less lethargic P.P.S Thank you for your attention to my office window, which now closes, but due to an impressive crack in the frame presumably caused by the earsplitting construction on the second floor rainwater is trickling merrily down the inside of the glass and, as I type these words, entering the rusted slats of the heater You might want to send someone to take a look.September 17, 2009Bentham Literary Residency ProgramP.O Box 1572Bentham, ME 04976Dear Overworked Committee Members,Ms Vivian Zelles has asked me three days before your application deadline to recommend her to your January residency program at Bentham, and herewith I oblige.Ms Zelles is an apt and diligent writer, a second year graduate student in comparative literature currently enrolled, as a sort of academic stowaway, in my fiction workshop Her project, to date, consists of a series of short, linked narratives on the subject of childhood and family and female relationships, romantic and otherwise The work is young and presumably autobiographical still, one can discern a spark of energy here and there in the occasional quirks of the tone Ms Zelles is not among the top tier of students I generally prefer to send your way e.g., Darren Browles see my LOR of September 3 , but in the coming year or two her work may mature.Feel free to contact me for further information via phone or e mail And forgive the brevity of this letter I do believe that student writing speaks for itself, and though the academic year has just started I fear I am already losing the never ending battle to catch up with the recommendations requested of me Suffice it to say that the LOR has usurped the place of my own work, now adorned with cobwebs and dust in a remote corner of my office.Continuing to wish you well with the search for a new director,Jason T FitgerProfessor of Creative Writing and EnglishPayne UniversitySeptember 22, 2009Payne University Law School Admissionsc o Janet Matthias aka Janet Matthias Fitger 17 Pitlinger HallDear Admissions Committee Members and Janet This letter recommends Melanie deRueda for admission to the law school on the well heeled side of this campus Ive known Ms deRueda for eleven minutes, ten of which were spent in a fruitless attempt to explain to her that I write letters of recommendation only for students who have signed up for and completed one of my classes This young woman is certainly tenacious, if thats what youre looking for A transfer student, she appears to be suffering under the delusion that a recommendation from any random faculty member within our august institution will be the key to her applications success.Janet I know your committees arent reading these blasted LORs under the influence of our final martini in August you told me as much I wish I had an ex wife like you in every department over in the Fellowship Office, the formerly benevolent Carole continues to maintain an icy distance I should think her decision to quit our relationship would have filled her with a cheerful burst of self esteem, but she apparently views the end of our three years together in a different light Ms deRueda claims to be sending her transcripts and LSAT scores at the end of the week God help you this is your shot across the bow should you admit her.Still affectionately your one time husband,JayP.S Ive heard a rumor that Eleanor yes, that Eleanor, from the Seminar is a finalist for the directorship at Bentham You got back in touch with her despite her denouncements of me do you have any intel P.P.S A correction you got back in touch with Eleanor because she denounced me I remember you quoting what she said when I published Transfer of Affection that I was an egotist prone to repeating his most fatal mistakes Ill admit to the egotism which is undeniable but Id like to think that, after fourteen years of marriage, you knew me better than Eleanor did We were happy for some of those fourteen years, especially before Transfer why shouldnt I believe that you were right about me, too September 30, 2009Field Bantry College of Government and Public AffairsOffice of Graduate Admissions447 Peck HallWhaylon, PA 19522Dear Committee Members,This letter recommends Ms Stella Castle to your graduate institution in the field of public policy And to begin this recommendation on the proper footing no, I will not fill out the inane computerized form that is intended to precede or supplant this letter ranking a student according to his or her placement among the top 10 percent, top 2 percent, or top 0.000001 percent is pointless and absurd No faculty member will rank any student, no matter how severely lacking in ability or reason, below top 10 percent This would be tantamount to describing the candidate in question as a witless beast A human being and his or her caliber, intellect, character, and promise are not reducible to a check mark in a box Faced with a reductionist formula such as yours, I despair for the future, consoling myself with the thought that I and others of my generation, with its archaic modes of discourse, wont live to see the barren cyberworld the authors of your recommendation form are determined to create.Ms Castle was a student in my American Literature Survey a year ago She is a serious minded young woman whose analytical skills and arguments demonstrate a subtle acumen More than once, in class, I saw her politely demolish another students interpretation of a work of literature by asking a series of seemingly innocent but progressively incisive questions Perhaps oddly, I remember thinking of Ms Castle as a highly articulate snake sliding gracefully into an argument, speaking in lucid, sibilant phrases she endows the letter S with the faintest suggestion of a whistle , and then striking to inject the requisite venom.Ms Castle wrote a final, exquisite essay on Willa Cathers The Professors House probably a lost tome as far as you policy wonks are concerned on which she received a well deserved A.I recommend her to you very highly She is excellent She will not fit into any of your miniature boxes I will now insert this letter in an envelope, maintaining a paper copy for safekeeping in a drawer by my desk, after which I will take a short stroll to the picturesque blue mailbox on the corner, opening its creaking rectangular metal mouth and dropping the envelope within.Trusting the U.S Postal Service to deliver this missive to you in a timely fashion, I amJ FitgerProfessor and Upholder of the Ancient FlamePayne University1 Under whose aegis was it decided that Economics and English should share a building Were criteria other than the alphabet consideredA Best Book of the Year NPR and Boston GlobePraise for Dear Committee Members After years of teaching, I write a lot of recommendation letters, and Schumacher s parodies sound alarmingly close to the real thing Claire Messud, The GuardianA hilarious academic novel that ll send you laughing albeit ruefully back into the trenches of the classroom A mordant minor masterpiece Like the best works of farce, academic or otherwise, Dear Committee Membersdeftly mixes comedy with social criticism and righteous outrage By the end, you may well find yourself laughing so hard it hurts Maureen Corrigan, NPRIf you like academic satires, youll love this novel, which is written as a series of recommendation letters by a cranky, long suffering English professor Like Richard Russos Straight Manthis book has a lot to say about the humanities in American colleges and universities Its very funny and also moving Tom Perrotta In My Library , New York PostFor that reason, I entreat you, now that youve reviewed my prcis, to read Ms Schumachers book It is easily consumed in small pieces, like a tray of sweets and savories It is ideal for passing the time between innings of a baseball game, waiting for a long red light to change, or sitting in a warm bath As for Jason Fitger, I implore you to take a leap of faith and offer him admission to your next available residency The worlds of business and academia will be poorer for lack of his letters, but perhaps, with your support, he can find a way to channel his energy and inventiveness into a new novelone that will hopefully be as entertaining and as sharply written as Julie Schumachers Dear Committee Members Jon Michaud, The New YorkerAsmart as hell, fun as heck novel composed entirely of recommendation letters Beyond the moribund state of academia, Schumacher touches on universal themes about growing old and facing failure not necessarily the dramatic failure of a batter striking out with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, but the quieter failure that accrues over time, until we are finally forced to admit that we are not who we wanted to become Alexander Nazaryan, NewsweekThe book is hilarious Schumacher s scabrous book reminds me of Sam Lipsyte s Home Land, Richard Russo s Straight Man and Jincy Willett s Winner of the National Book Award If you didn t find those books funny, well, that means you re a corpse But you re also, apparently, a corpse who reads, so there s hope for you yet You should read Dear Committee Members maybe it will bring you back to life Brock Clarke, The New York Times Book ReviewBitterly hilarious If you are looking for a witty, original cri de coeur over the oft lamented decline of the humanities, I urgently recommend this novel Sam Sacks, The Wall Street JournalJulie Schumachers Dear Committee Members is the best sort of novel the laugh out loud page turner that also bleeds and breathes, the satire you want to quote to friends, the book that lets you in on the joke so you can better see the truth of the world The RumpusA funny and lacerating novel of academia written in the form of letters of recommendation Dear Committee Membersisnt really an academic novel, or even an academic satire Its a sincere exploration of the depths and breadths of human selfishness, and the contemporary American academy is simply the backdrop So in the end, it is exactly Fitgers selfishness that destructs, rather than his lifeand although his semi redemption may not redeem the rank carcass of academic culture that continues to fester around him, its than enough to recommend this mischievous novel Slate A richly sardonic epistolary volume San Francisco Chronicle The beauty of Dear Committee Members is that Fitger is not just an eloquent professor with a poison pen Hes previously alienated quite a few of the people whose favor he attempts to curry here, his ex wife and ex girlfriend included, and he has a habit of compounding the insults anew with each communication But for all his corrosiveness, hes actually one of the good guys a generous defender of gifted students, underappreciated colleagues, and fine scholarship Hes a romantic, really, a champion of academia And he does love being a writer, which, despite its horrors, is possibly one of the few sorts of lives worth living at all The Boston GlobeEach letter Fitger writes is imbued with the wisdom and comic chops that make Schumacher a wonderfully entertaining writer Let this review serve as an LOR for Dear Committee Members If theres one thing new grads need in addition to the congratulatory check or gift card, its a few good laughs before reality sets in Minneapolis Star TribuneIf Fitger wrote only sarcastic letters, that would be one thing, but in this short tome a man appears between the zingers Be sure to tag this book with for fans of David Foster Wallace Milwaukee Journal SentinelLest you conclude I am merely impressed by a humorous, well handled gimmick, let me assure you that Ms Schumacher brilliantly lays bare the tale of Fitgers stalled career, failed love life, and quixotic championing of a student and his unfinished novel Dear Committee Members ends with a blend of sadness and quiet hope that I did not anticipate, but found wholly satisfying In short, I recommend Dear Committee Members without hesitation or caveat The Iowa GazetteA hilarious and surprisingly poignant pleasure to read Houston ChronicleSchumachers satire of the petty rivalries, byzantine hierarchies and committee meetings is spot onscathing and laugh out loud funny The Wichita EagleAs back to school entertainment, Dear Committee Membershits the spot Santa Fe New Mexican A very funny epistolary novel composed of recommendation letters Its an unusual form for comedy, but it works Truth is stranger than fiction in this acid satire of the academic doldrums Kirkus ReviewsSchumachers warm satire of the peculiarities of the Ivory Tower will be recognizable to anyone who has encountered the bureaucracy and internal politics of higher education BooklistA creative writing professor herself, Schumacher crafts a suitably verbose but sympathetic voice for Fitger, a man who exudes both humor and heart Publishers WeeklyThe letters have many funny touches, which carry the novel The best touches, though, have to do with students More than a third of the letters recommend students for jobs, and one chord that runs throughout is thatthey face dubious prospects It s not a good time to be an English major, and Fitger s concern for his students redeems his otherwise questionably epistolary etiquette Chronicle of Higher Education Schumacherrevitalizes an underor maybe just unappreciated art form Her tone is warm and her insight into academia incisive Bookish.comA clever epistolary send up of academic logrolling Shelf AwarenessLets not look at this as an epistolary novel about the academic world, but as a laying out of the Tarot cards of our societys past and future Its that indicative That important In the end, the future looks not quite so grim, but my reading is that like so many novels that investigate independence and fierce belief with Melville in the lead , we have to read between the lines, infer, assume, and hope that the American virtues of compassion, empathy, and even wild projection will continue This is a funny, very sad, disarming novel My pitch to Hollywood would be David Marksons Wittgensteins Mistress meets Padgett Powells The Interrogative Mood butand here Im just another expendable would be savior, like Ms Schumachers character Jay Fitgernobody would know what I was talking about My hats off to the author of this flawlessly written, highwire act of a book Hollywood be damned Ann Beattie, author of Chilly Scenes of Winter and The New Yorker Stories Dear Committee Members is a brilliant book that, in my head, sits comfortably on my prized shelf of academic novels, right between Lucky Jim and Pictures from an Institution But its funnier than either, and wrenching in the end The conceit of a novel told in letters of reference is inspired, and it is killingly funny because its all so killingly true Truth walks here in the strangest of costumes, and in part because of its guises, we can face it, frown, laugh, cry Ive never lost an afternoon so happily Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and The Passages of H.M.Julie Schumacher has perfectly rendered a portrait of the artist not as a young man but as thebeleaguered tenured has been surly lovable anachronistic man he s become At once satire and tribute, the book alludes to a time in America s past both in literature and academia, and the passage of that heady heyday is hilariouslyand bittersweetlydisplayed in this genius borrowed form Never have letters of recommendation made me happier to encounter them Antonya Nelson, author of Funny Once Stories and Bound Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher Goodreads And, Dear followed that to the letter ha This story is told through a series of increasingly passive aggressive and personal letters from Jason Fitger, creative writing professor at Payne University Schumacher brilliant book that, in my head, sits comfortably on prized shelf academic novels, right between Lucky Jim Pictures an Institution But it s funnier than either, wrenching end In A Funny New Novel, Weary Professor Writes To Aug , serves up traditional comic situations classic farces like David Lodge Small World Kingsley Amis immortal Jim, but also updates genre include newer forms indignity within halls academe Book Review Is Worthy Yet her second novel, Members, somehow manages pull off smart as hell, fun heck novel composed entirely recommendation written college English About Best Book Year NPR Boston Globe Finally puts pissed back into epistolary Fitger beleaguered literature University, small not very distinguished liberal arts midwest Inside Higher Ed works convincing reader if anyone could be type turn ostensibly about someone else meditation his own stalled career, failed marriage, or loss religious faith, person And Summary Study Guide NOTE study guide refers Schumacher, Anchor Books, witty collection explore life over course one year Julie reviewedKILA Esteemed Buying Public, I have been tasked with assessing consisting fictionalized penned novelist, Addressing Letter ENGLISH FORUMS May Sirs Mesdames only accurate committee made both men women members sex accurate, ugly impersonal My suggestion would It tricky enough write age when texting email cultural artifact nearly par papyrus scroll work fiction For isn t really even satire since most its depictions barely count hyperbole A Recommendation The Yorker new highly inventive salutations How do address Address them context their If all male committee, you can good etiquette use Sirs, women, may feel intelligent obscure Nov You should read maybe will bring Image YEAR AFTER HENRY By Cathie Pelletier Sourcebooks Landmark, paper, Thank for agreeing serve serve Assessment Student Learning reviewed faculty schedules, seems best day time our meetings Thursdays around Kindle edition Viv Groskop, Red Magazine art slowly disappearing, hilarious, heart warming and, times, sad, perfect illustration power words ink paper Quotes showing haven published six years instead, fill departmental hours casting praise bureaucratic abyss On multiple occasions, serving awards committees, was actually required LORs myselfJulie Just another WordPress site first Body Water Soho Press ALA Notable finalist PEN Hemingway Award She author Doodling Academics, coloring activity scholars five novels young readers FREE shipping qualifying offers Help us improve Author Pages updating your bibliography submitting current image biography It official funniest woman Sep accepting Thurber Prize American Humor Monday night In Profiles Facebook View profiles people named Join Facebook connect others know gives Members JULIE SCHUMACHER grew Wilmington, Delaware, graduated Oberlin College Cornell where she earned MFA Her Top LinkedIn professionals LinkedIn There are who exchange information, ideas, opportunities interview QA Finding Laughs Decline Humanities conversation Shakespeare Requirement Required Reading Novel Satirizes Likely not, genius finding amusement academia two hilarious campus this sequel, Shakespeare center Doubleday plenty reasons give higher education He Dear Committee Members

 

    • Dear Committee Members
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    • Julie Schumacher
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    • 07 April 2016

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