megan in madison

This is my chronicle of being awesome in Madison, Wisconsin Zone 5a. My name's Megan. Often, funny things happen to me in Wisconsin.

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theatlantic:

Is This the Worst Job Listing on Earth?

The Dalkey Archive Press—conspicuously absent from Book Businessmagazine’s list of best publishers to work for— wants to expand its London office. Describing the opening they posted on their website as “sternly worded” would be euphemistic. Don’t bother applying if your cousin is about to get hitched in Brazil, because they’re only considering candidates who:

… do not have any other commitments (personal or professional) that will interfere with their work at the Press (family obligations, writing, involvement with other organizations, degrees to be finished, holidays to be taken, weddings to attend in Rio, etc.)

Still reading? Well, considering how grim publishing professionals’ prospects are these days, maybe you are. If you really want this job, be prepared to get fired over any of the following infractions:

… coming in late or leaving early without prior permission; being unavailable at night or on the weekends; failing to meet any goals; giving unsolicited advice about how to run things; taking personal phone calls during work hours; gossiping; misusing company property, including surfing the internet while at work; submission of poorly written materials; creating an atmosphere of complaint or argument; failing to respond to emails in a timely way; not showing an interest in other aspects of publishing beyond editorial; making repeated mistakes; violating company policies. 

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YIKERS

Hello, love.

Hello, love.

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jonnyskov:

Yes. This. (thank you, Shannon).

jonnyskov:

Yes. This. (thank you, Shannon).

hmhbooks:

“I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.” 
― Flannery O’Connor

hmhbooks:

“I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.” 

― Flannery O’Connor

Book are my lovers.

janetron:

Absolutely love these Barnes and Nobles’ special covers!! #books #reading (Taken with Instagram at Barnes & Noble Booksellers)

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I’m re-reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for a class.  This is my favorite book of all time and I believe the greatest American literary work.  It is beautiful and terrible, sad and hilarious all at the same time.

I bet a billion English graduate students wrote an entire dissertation from this one wonderful sentence as Huck realizes the Duke and the King have sold Jim into slavery:

“After all this long journey, and after all we’d done for them scoundrels, here was it all come to nothing, everything all busted up and ruined, because they could have the heart to serve Jim such a trick as that, and make him a slave again all his life, and amongst strangers, too, for forty dirty dollars” (233)

iheartclassics:

Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley! 
Birthday Horoscope for August 30th, 2011: Virgo
Your spirit shines today, Virgo. Well, actually it is covered in soot, like the dark heart of a mad scientist. But your spirit is powerful nonetheless. Today you feel Romantic (with a capital “R”), emotional, and brooding. Don’t let this outlook go to waste. Get started on a serious project, one that will impress your friends, and especially your spouse. But you are notoriously free-spirited, so do it your own way!

iheartclassics:

Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley!

Birthday Horoscope for August 30th, 2011: Virgo

Your spirit shines today, Virgo. Well, actually it is covered in soot, like the dark heart of a mad scientist. But your spirit is powerful nonetheless. Today you feel Romantic (with a capital “R”), emotional, and brooding. Don’t let this outlook go to waste. Get started on a serious project, one that will impress your friends, and especially your spouse. But you are notoriously free-spirited, so do it your own way!

THIS IS FUN.

I’ve only read Lady Chatterley and Moby Dick.  I hated the Sound and the Fury and stopped reading 100 pages in.

Exodus and Atlas Shrugged have been on my list for like 5 years. 

godsmokesparliaments:

Season 1
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
Exodus by Leon Uris
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Season 2
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Meditations in an Emergency by Frank O’Hara
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Season 3
Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
The Group by Mary McCarthy
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Season 4
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword by Ruth Benedict
The Clue of the Black Keys by Carolyn Keene
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré