The Office

Came across an interesting piece in The Independent. The article, by DJ Taylor (whose profession is ‘writer,’ I’m assured, despite what the initials may suggest) ponders the lack of “great novels of working life”–the emphasis seemingly on the lack of great novels about modern office work.

Perhaps this opening in the market bodes well for my planned roman à clef about the scholarly publishing business, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Scholarly Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask)”. Sounds like a page turner, I know, but trust me–there are some real characters in this industry.

(And if it’s about the academic world I should refer to that “opening in the market” as a “gap in the literature.”)

– S.

(PS: For all you Joy Division fans out there, The Independent is also running an article on the new biopic of Ian Curtis).