Dear Committee Members (Julie Schumacher)

Article by marycatherine

Told brilliantly through a beleaguered creative writing professor's letters of recommendations for students over the course of one school year, Dear Committee Members is a hilarious and surprisingly poignant pleasure to read.  From postscripts directed to his ex-wife, to rants about the lauded Economics department, to sincere interest in an advisee's success, Jay Fitger's letters are blisteringly honest, if not always flattering. As an aspiring academic, I was especially drawn to Schumacher's portrayal of Jay's battle-worn, curmudgeonly devotion to his field. This book not only critiques the state of the humanities in American universities, but it delightfully infuses erudite allusion with dry wit, so it had me from page 3. One of those that I couldn't wait to finish because I couldn't wait to share my copy with a friend!

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ISBN: 9780385538138
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Doubleday Books - August 19th, 2014

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