Overqualified is an art project by Canadian writer Joey Comeau in which he wrote a series of cover letters as job applications to companies. The letters were . Overqualified Joey Comeau. ECW Press. 96 pp, $ “No tricks,” Raymond Carver famously advised, to which I always wanted to respond. Overqualified’s cover letters are like a slap in the face, but the slap is Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics “Joey Comeau’s Overqualified is Judy Blume s Are You .

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The idea of shouting into the dark soul of corporations, hoping to find an answer or anything other than howling indifference is heartrending but bizarrely and intriguingly This is a really quick read, and I love stories where you glean the details obliquely.

Did you say cover letters? You know the kind? Unfortunately, they couldn’t see it because they couldn’t look beyond my resume, which doesn’t feature a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in the field, other than a little freelancing.

His writing is certainly unusual.

Some of them aren’t. Any human being who wants to work, who wants to earn a basic living, should have to humiliate himself on every level imaginable, and undergo as many pointless, repetitive, and mind-numbingly tasks as possible.

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It’s one of the best depictions of what it’s like to grieve I’ve ever read. And then one day a car comes out of nowhere, and suddenly everything changes and you don’t know if he’ll ever wake up.


I think the Internet is trying to kill me. A book whose melancholy is leavened by a surprising hilarity. Sep 17, Graham rated it it was amazing. I first came overquwlified Joey through his web comic A Softer World. I thought about my own job. There’s a dark story threaded through a few of them, but they’re very readable on their own. He is a comedian, and overqulaified mad philosopher, and there probably has never been anyone like him before. I have been thinking about sex.

They are ridiculous and irreverent and the sort of too-true fictions I wish everyone liar could tell Yes dear -I’m talking about you. Jan 20, notgettingenough rated it it was amazing Shelves: ECW Press- Fiction – 94 pages.

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When the book is working best, comeauu feels like a sustained bit of stand-up comedy, the letters not congealing so much into a narrative but bouncing along as collected riffs, collected variations on the same riff. Not even write letters asking for employment. At the centre of a series of disconnected cover letters which contain mostly lies is a tragic story. Overqualified is a hilarious compilation of cover letters.

Everyone has embarrassing sex stories, I hope. This one is fairly representative and contains all the major elements: You press the A button rhythmically, to control your breath, keep it even. And then one day a car comes out of nowhere, and suddenly everything changes and you don’t know if he’ll ever wake up. This book has a larger purpose. You sign your joeey name and you put yourself honestly into letter after letter and there is no way you are ever going to get this job.


The words he chooses are often evocative as well as descriptive, and a sense of tragedy grows as we move along. Boy will I fit.

Not with a letter like this. How to tell a story that feels new and not crippled by its own narrative conventions? Have you had trouble breathing lately? The book is made up of cover letters from the author Joey Comeau applying to every job under the sun. After the police showed up on his doorstep one morning, he stopped cmeau sending the cover letters in. Read more Read less. Apr 19, Graham rated it really liked it.

Tricks in literature have gotten a bad rap. I only started reading it because my husband had borrowed it from someone and it was lying around the house and looked vaguely interesting.

Comeau gets things off his chest and shares some great ideas that will never happen like this one in his letter to Nintendo: To view it, click here. Does it make our language stupid? He didn’t get any of those jobs. Though each letter is its own coherent rant, the shrapnel of stories are embedded within each. Withoutabox Submit to Comequ Festivals. In summary, it is a series of cover letters that the author writes to different companies, seeking a job.

But he doesn’t know me, so it’s okay.

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