Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Is that a hint?

A coworker has been routinely bringing in self-help books to read at work. One day, as I walked over to ask a favor, I noticed the book sitting on the desk was "Learning To Say No."

This week, it's "Dealing With Difficult People."

How 'bout them passive-aggressive apples.

On a related note, here's a copy/paste from the McSweeney's submission reject files*:

Self help book or Flaming Lips song?

1. Okay I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand
2. Thirty-Five Thousand Feet of Despair
3. A Bright Red Scream
4. A Child Called "It"
5. Becoming Real
6. Race For The Prize
7. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
8. Self Matters
9. Are You a Hypnotist?
10. Who Moved My Cheese?
11. How Full is Your Bucket?
12. Do You Realize?
13. Prescription: Love
14. Michael, Time to Wake Up
15. Toxic Parents
16. Right Now
17. The Last Drop of Morning Dew
18. Sink Reflections

Flaming Lips Song: 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17
Self-help Book: 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 11, 15, 18

*I'm sure someone's said this before, but I've thought there should be a McSweeney's reject website. Rejects from the journal which started by only publishing items rejected by other literary journals. (!) Ow, that hurt my head.


Blogger Dee said...

Last week, during breaks at work, I was reading both Mike Mignola's "Hellboy: Conqueror Worm" and Alan Watts's "Myth And Ritual In Christianity".

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 4:20:00 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I can only hope you read the Alan Watts book in full view of the girl who wears the "Sacrifice" t-shirt to work.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger heidi said...

niki g you are EVIL.

i applaud that.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger Butik said...

passive agressive is deadly...I never really didn't realize there is such a thing until I came to America.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 11:53:00 AM  
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Thursday, June 09, 2005 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Sigh. Today, she's wearing her white UGA baseball cap with a cute s/s tee. Someone "SACRIFICE" me!

Thursday, June 09, 2005 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Ya know, I've always wondered if there should be a Dummies book for self-help. Ya know, the Dummies Guide to Self-Help Books.

It can sit there right on the same shelf as Dummies Books for Dummies.

Friday, June 10, 2005 9:34:00 AM  

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