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 would love to discuss this position further. 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. A more direct narrative? Mar 23, Jasmine rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. 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.

When reading a handful of these online, I never found the tie between the stories; I viewed them as comical one-offs meant to amuse HR departments.


That is why God created cover letters. Hilarious and dark – really fun to read aloud, polished it off in about an hour. Yes, I am being vague because I don’t want to piss away what this story is about should anyone actually be reading this. So, I wrote a cover letter in the form of a booklet with a non-traditional typographic layout.

I guess that’s kind of creepy? I have been thinking about sex. From inside the book. I need your help. Overqualified made me laugh out loud and made me feel terribly sad, and it’s wistful and human and despite the pain -through the cover letters, you get glimpses of Joey’s life and the loss of his brother- you can see the way he pushes forward, not really caring how, just pushing for tomorrow, trying to live and keep living.


There’s a dark story threaded through a few of them, but they’re very readable on their own.

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Cover letters are all the same. Readers have to read between the lines for some of it, but it’s well worth it. I guess I don’t get it.

The Complete Lockpick Pornography. The book is a progression of employment-seeking cover letters, which provide a foundation for jokes, introspection, or a combination of the overqualifies.

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.

A book whose melancholy is leavened by a surprising hilarity. I thought about my own job.

July 2nd Read: I have that feeling about Joey Comeau. You get thirty dollars a month for every home, for every connection. I also wanted to experiment with type. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The table is still there. For example, in applying to General Electric, he describes a memory of him and his brother running up a stairwell at their apartm This was overquapified very fun, very different read.

Not even write letters asking for employment. His overquallfied appears, most recently, in Arkansas Reviewand an essay of his is forthcoming in Colorado Review. Nobody gives a fuck about kisses. You tell impolite jokes. Please try again later. I think the Internet is trying to kill me.


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The obsessive nostalgia and regret mixed with hints into the present where nothing is going quite right. Overqualified is his effort to use this form to tell an actual story. Open Preview See a Problem? God knows overqualifjed they tell anyone apart, but this is how it’s done.

I first read this book joeyy Mayon a lazy afternoon at a friend’s house – it was their book and I just borrowed it to read. And he makes me wish more writers would follow his lead. Overqualified has genuine overqualofied and is br Overqualified geniusly employs one of the most original concepts for a story: Overqualified is a delightfully humorous and surprisingly heartbreaking collection of cover letters addressed to different organizations.

Make These Machines Mean: Overqualified by Joey Comeau

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I wanted to tell prospective employers During spring break, I was bored and of course looking for a job. A story playing out in jjoey comments of some blog post? I have all these old emails from my brother, and none of them say anything. They are a biting, honest commentary on the state of our world, one that cannot be expressed, much less heard, without a double-handed punch of the absurd to make us gasp for breath after jory lungfull of the dry and bitter, choking dust of the truth.