Saturday, April 12, 2014

All is Lost

"All will be lost. Everything we do, everything we make, everything we love." --T.C. Boyle, whose most recent book is "T.C. Boyle: Stories II"
~All will be lost

All Kafka’s stark stories and stark parables are informed by his years as a successful functionary in an insurance firm. His deeply felt and widely read story, “The Metamorphosis”, can be interpreted as the tragedy of the man who can no longer get out of bed and go to work. The Castle is essentially the same: a punctilious land surveyor is prevented from executing his professional duties, and for that feels his entire existence indicted.
“Computers had brought the blues to the white collar workplace. The green characters of the visual display terminal . . . suggest some kind of menace.” 

Office life is weird, inefficient and dysfunctional. We turn up first thing in the morning at gigantic glass and steel boxes, where we pass the day being nice to people we don’t necessarily like. We speak an opaque language full of “going forwards” and “key deliverables”; we spend hours around conference tables in meeting rooms and at our desks composing emails that may never get read. And then, having failed to get much done in the glass box, we go home and continue to work on our laptops and smartphones at home.Weird Office Lives

That Self-Published Book is a Bestseller
Author Robin O'Bryant writes, "I self-published my first book in shame. I was disappointed that after two years of work with my top tier literary agent in New York, editors still didn’t think I had a platform large enough to sell a book."

That book lived for about two years before hitting multiple bestseller lists, due in part to her tireless promotion. Now,Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves, is re-released, and Mrs. O'Bryant has a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press.