Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Book Review: Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
Jay is a professor in the English Department of Payne University, and he is constantly being asked to write letters of recommendation. the LORs range from recommending students for summer writing workshops and internships, recommending graduates for jobs, and recommending peers for positions on campus and beyond. The entire book consists of nothing but these LORs. In them, Jay often gives WAY too much personal information (particularly about his ex-wife and his ex-girlfriend, who both work at the university in different capacities), occasionally write not helpful letters, refuses to figure out how to navigate online recommendation forms, and tries to stay alive in the active construction zone that is the English Department (complete with falling ceiling chunks and asbestos).
The book had me turning the pages as fast as possible, It was highly amusing and sadly, I have known people like this. It did bring me back to the campus in my mind, and made me glad I did not make academia my career (it might look tempting but it has its downsides!) Also, Jay's sheer volume of letters made me feel better about the volume of emails I have to get through on a daily basis. Read it! Enjoy!
I checked this book out of the library.