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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I think this is a book that everyone should read at some point, if only to just reconnect them to their own emotions.

Overqualified: Monday, December 31st

Here is the story we get: Thanks for making me not sure any more again. Many comequ the cover letters were actually sent to the companies, in a bit of guerrilla literacy, and some of these have been edited and appear within the book.

But he doesn’t know me, so it’s okay. And he makes me wish more writers would follow his lead.

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But this is also simultaneously the book greatest weakness; it falters along its own formal lines. You know the kind? It’s a book with a lot of thought and messages, not all of which are on the surface and many of which just have to seep in through exposure. The letters take unexpected turns when the author starts sharing life experiences and all sorts of childhood and teenage memories.

Make These Machines Mean: Overqualified by Joey Comeau

I would have loved to see more of this fleshed out before publication. The book is made up of cover letters from the author Joey Comeau applying to every job under the sun. I bought this book because for once, I had a little money, and because, for years, I’ve loved asofterworld. When the book is working best, it 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.


All I can say is that I don’t think there is anyone out there who wouldn’t be affected in some way by his work.

It wasn’t squishy like most books these days, but had a lovely crispness to the pages, which were white, instead of the over-used grey books get when they’ve been through the library system, assigned to home after abusive home. Some lovely and true moments, though. Gods and Soldiers by Rob Spillman editor African literature has been enjoying a boom, or at least a boomlet, in recent years.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. You tell impolite jokes. This book is basically saying the world has fallen to pieces, these pieces have fallen through the cracks and cannot be fixed, we accept and we live on. You talk about your childhood and your sexual fantasies. Questions that have iverqualified answers, stories that have no point, that’s life, it’s bleak and funny and Joey Comeau wrote it very well. I wanted to buy three copies because there are three people in my life who would die laughing -and gladly if they read this book.


Joey makes me laugh, and he makes me think, and remember. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This is a novel told through crazy job application cover letters Cover letters are all the same. Unfortunately, they couldn’t see it because they couldn’t look beyond my joeh, which doesn’t feature a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in the field, other than a little freelancing.

I cannot express how beautiful and personal and insane and glorious these stories are. You start threatening instead of begging. His older brother was killed by a drunk driver. This means you guys are amazing. Jun 03, Kevin Fanning rated it hoey liked it. It’s a wonderful concept that should have been explored more, at least in my opinion. Apr 19, Graham rated it really liked it. For example, here is one letter in its entirety:. You press the A button rhythmically, to control your breath, keep it even.

The table is still there.

It’s sad and fragmented and, in places, funny. In summary, it is a series of cover letters that the author writes to different companies, seeking a job. And you send it anyway. Yes, I am being vague because I don’t want to piss away what this story is about should anyone actually be reading this.