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P-p-p-post your work /lit/! Rate and get rated! Critique and get critiqued! Don't rate or critique, suck a dick nigga! Everyone, one and all, welcome!
First came the customary, polite greeting, the one that indicated that everything was pleasant, they were doing their best, things-are-bad-right-now-but-they-won’t-be-if-you-put-your-nose-to-the-grind-and-get-on-with-it style of greeting. Alex had only just recently begun to dislike these type of greetings. They were what you expected, of course, but after a while of being on the dole, he’d grown tired of them.
“Hello Mr. Redford, can you confirm your date of birth please?”
What he’d rather have had was for the person behind the desk to say something along the lines of “this is a bit fucked up innit?” or “Why han’t you got a job yet, you lazy cunt?” At least that would have made him laugh. At least it would have been more to the point.
“23rd of August, 1988.”
He’d been signing on now for just over a year. A percentage of his life. Not even a decimal percentage. An entire, whole number percentage. The thought depressed him and he had to refocus his attention to catch the end of the sentence:
“-you been looking for work?”
“And how have you been looking for work?” Slower this time, trained.
He listed the ways he’d been looking for work.
“And have you brought your job diary with you?”
He said he had, and produced a scrappy piece of paper from his jeans. Handed CVs out, applied for jobs online, the usual stuff.
The person behind the desk signed it and gave it back.
“See you in a week.”
It was a welcome relief at first. The news had come that the chain had gone bankrupt and the staff were to be laid off. Alex had pretended to be gutted at the news, as if the very prospect of no longer rolling up to work whenever they had called him in was going to be a bad thing. The manager, James, was very apologetic about the whole thing but Alex didn’t know why. It wasn’t James’ fault the chain had gone under. He was losing his job too. There were statements about “changes in consumption” and “market shifts” but none of it mattered. The fact was that nobody wanted to rent DVDs anymore. Plain as. Clear as crystal. Internet services were now paving the way for the consumers entertainment needs and it was hard to argue against them. “The customer always knows best”. If it meant a quick stint on the dole then so be it.
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Okay, so I just finished Good Omens for the umpteenth time... and I wanted to know if you could give me suggestions on authors like Gaiman and Pratchett. I'm about to cracked into The Stand again, so it may be a while before I get to it, but I do so love new experiences. :)
(The picture, in case anyone was confused, is Anne Frank Zappa.)