This fast-and-furious memoir is told through a series of faux exit interview questionnaires that chronicles the friendship of two artists, one straight (FileGrrl) and one gay (FAXBoy), by way of our “extensive” work histories. Clocking in at over 50 jobs, this book is the perfect read for those times when you find yourself stuck in line at the bank or standing in the unemployment line itself!
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You know you’re off to a good start when page two’s license notes tell you to “purchase your own (damn) copy.” At least I knew. This is the consummate reading material for solo lunches at the local Indian buffet, where periodic chortles and a spit take or two blend right in with the din of the 55" TVs blasting soap operas cum exploitation flicks, along with the occasional Entertainment Tonight ripoff in Hindi. Speak of facsimiles, FAXBoy and FileGrrl have cemented their own ([damn] winning) format for each chapter of this embellished C.V. from Hell. Not unlike the David Lynch "On the Air" TV series that featured the same plot every episode, you’re getting dosed almost a database of anecdotes that all reek of the same pointed wit, realism and maybe a hint of post-adolescent wonderment in the milieu of an ever more dysfunctional clerical America. Where employees are as disposable as the flimsy plastic utensils that flex backward when you futilely dissect your vegetable pakora in time to get back to your own office grind.
Until I went into my dad's business (the only person who would hire me), I worked, as a youth, in a lot of less than fulfilling jobs such as counterman, auto parts clerk, waiter, dishwasher, shipping and receiving, janitor...the list goes on, but you get the picture. Eventually I was running the family business...into the ground. So naturally I found the premise of this book amusing and decided to buy it. Why not? The price was right. I remember practically nothing about it. There were some amusing "faux exit interviews" throughout the book, but it got repetitive after a while. Just like my life! Hmmm. Maybe that says something right there.
As the dedication of the book reads: "This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever had a job and lost it and to everyone who currently has a job they no longer want." So if you've ever hated a job, wished ill will toward your boss, or viewed your colleagues as either "nemeses" or as "allies," then this is the book for you. Written in the format of a series of exit interviews, the book documents the work histories of FAXBoy and FileGrrl whose experiences range from sweet and innocent to dark and soul destroying --Betting most of us can relate to that kind of résumé! But the magic of the book is that, while on the surface it reads like an account of the crazy (and often hilarious) antics perpetrated by FAXBoy and FileGrrl, it is in fact the poignant journey of two people trying to find their way. "Employment of the Month" leaves you wondering, "Can jobs ever be just jobs?" Or will the good or bad of them end up guiding the way we view the world? It's impossible to imagine that the thing we spend so much energy pursuing, and so much time doing, could ever be just an easy way to pay the rent.