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A priceless time bomb of pop culture, this serves as a compelling and secret look into an impossibly lost era. The author found discarded, confidential, PhD applicant files for the biology department at an Ivy League university from 1965 to 1975 as he was rooting through the recycling bin for magazines. Photographs of the prospective students were stapled to many of the documents and this book collects these photos and pairs them with accompanying comments from employers and professors. The results are absurdist,...

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Overview

A priceless time bomb of pop culture, this serves as a compelling and secret look into an impossibly lost era. The author found discarded, confidential, PhD applicant files for the biology department at an Ivy League university from 1965 to 1975 as he was rooting through the recycling bin for magazines. Photographs of the prospective students were stapled to many of the documents and this book collects these photos and pairs them with accompanying comments from employers and professors. The results are absurdist, confusing, often hilarious, and disturbing. They provide unique insight into outdated, 1970s social attitudes and ephemera yet much of the book’s appeal is found in what the book fails to say: the blank and despondent stares of its subjects, the outdated fashions and hairstyles, and its understated text.

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"A wonderful piece of 'found art' featuring photos and extracts from a bundle of rejected CVs and interview summaries that Jesse stumbled across."  —Spider Fan

"One of the best one-off ‘zines I’ve run across."  —Mental_Floss

"You will read this book and laugh, and think, and marvel that such a simple concept can affect such bipolar feelings."   —Verbicide

"A very interesting, if all too brief time capsule of a decade long gone."  —Reglar Wiglar

"This is such a simply constructed book, and yet it really makes you think. . . . This is a book about shallowness, theirs and ours, and in that, this book finds something very deep."  —Adam Coozer, ReadJunk

"A great prank itself. . . . It’s a fun, funny, and revealing little book."  —Roy Christopher

"An interesting curio."  —Johnny Bacardi Show Blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977055760
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/5/2006
  • Series: Real World Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 3.80 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jesse Reklaw is the author of the syndicated strip, "Slow Wave" and the comic journal Ten Thousand Things to Do. He is an instructor at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) Comics Program. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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