THUNK! It’s the sweet sound an ad-packed magazine makes when it’s dropped on a table. At glitzy Carlyle Nash Media, it’s the sound of success. And star publisher Mitch Blake has been happily hearing it for a decade. But when the heavily hyped debut issue of World Magazine gets panned in the press and advertisers start to flee, Mitch must control the damage. Can he right the ship and protect his reputation? Or will both be sunk by Paul Cavanaugh, a hard-drinking, paranoid, stress-prone staffer who has stolen an item Mitch needs back to avert disaster: a miniature beach ball.
One part pre-recession satire, one part diary of a marketing man coming undone, The Last Thunk is a story of betrayal and friendship, love and survival in the crazy, gritty, glamorous world of magazine advertising...as told by the beach-ball thief himself.
“A BOOZY, BREEZY FREE FALL THROUGH THE MAGAZINE INDUSTRY’S FADING DAYS OF GLORY. THE LAST THUNK depicts all the ambition, paranoia, and ethical ambiguity of middle management, and the toll that culture takes on its inhabitants. Take ‘Mad Men,’ add 40 years, and you’d get these Mag Men who are captured so vividly by Farrell’s four-color glossy writing. THUNK reverberates.”
—Tom Rock, Newsday, author of Game Seven
“THIS IS A TERRIFIC BOOK—FAST-PACED, HILARIOUS, and so jam-packed with genuine insider dish your eyes will pop. I couldn’t put it down!”
—Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey
“A fast-paced, wickedly funny romp from a writer who has been through the wringer of the magazine world.”
—Charles Salzberg, author of Second Story Man
Gerard Farrell has worked in the magazine industry since the late '90s for brands including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Allure, and the ill-fated business magazine Condé Nast Portfolio. His short humor has appeared in the literary anthology The Man Who Ate His Book, and he is a frequent contributor to the literary webzine Ducts. He lives in Farmingdale, NY with his wife, Maricel, and their three children.
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Table of Contents
Part I: 2002-2007
You’ll need to be sober for this.
1. World Begins (2007)—10
2. Bellwether by Way of Blowback (2002-03)—22
3. Tremors at World (2007)—36
4. The Bellwether Introduction (2003)—42
5. Disconnected at World (2007)—54
6. Bellwether Signs (2005)—68
7. A Theft at World (2007)—76
8. Bellwether Games (2005)—89
9. Captain World (2007)—98
10. The Bellwether Woman (2005)—112
11. World Inventory (2007)—127
12. Paul of Bellwether (2005)—139
13. The World Runs on Steak (2007)—147
14. Paint Bellwether Black (2005-06)—165
15. World ’s Biggest Fraud (2007)—175
16. A Savage at Bellwether (2006)—189
Part II: 2007-2008
The ten of swords.
17. Friday The 13th (2007)—210
18. Monday Early (2007)—225
19. Monday Late (2007)—236
20. Tuesday-Wednesday (2007)—243
21. Wednesday Late (2007)—258
22. Thursday (2007)—276
23. Friday (2007)—289
24. Sunday-Monday (2007)—297
25. World Ends (2008)—309
Donuts and Dust (A Few Years Later)—338