The Imperfectionists portrays a group of journalists at a declining newspaper and begs several questions: Is it truly the end of the print era? What happens to all the old timers just looking for a scoop? Can they adapt? Or will they rot at the merciless hands of technology?
The critically acclaimed debut novel from Tom Rachman answers these questions and more with hilarity, insight, and memorable characters. Join Rachman as he celebrates the release of the paperback edition at Books & Books in Coral Gables next Wednesday.
Here are a few more professions currently struggling or already in their twilight. Maybe one or two can have the drama, characters. and suspense needed to match The Imperfectionsts.
1. Photo Processors
Although companies like Tropicolor on AltonRoad rock,
this is not the best career to get into with the rise of the digital
age. However, this job does allow for looks at private pictures, creepy, and
alluring to the average voyeur--remember Robin Williams in One Hour Photo. Definitely room for a thriller.
2. Video Store Clerk
video stores even exist anymore? Between Red Box and NetFlix and On
Demand, this job is fading faster a Key West sunset. Anyway, not much
drama in the pimply world of video store clerks. Maybe humor, but didnt
Kevin Smith drain the concept?
3. Bank Tellers
for bank tellers has decreased with the rise of ATMs and online banking.
Shucks, there's even an app for depositing checks now. Still, maybe one can
fantasize a suspense in the blahzay behind-the-scenes world of banking.
4. Travel Agents
Not much need for a travel
agent in the digital world, although there could be a story here. A
romantic comedy, with a little suspense. Think My Life in Ruins meets a
John Grisham novel. The ensemble characters would make this one
5. Non-Profit Organization Staff
continue to face hard times due to the recession. Charitable donations
are down and endowment funds (sans the almighty Knight Foundation) are
still in recovery from the inconsistent stock market. Imagine a science fiction / fantasy project starring a granola eating ex- non-profit
worker who drops out of society (Babylon) to pursue his own utopian
(Jah) village somewhere in Malyasia.
6. School District Employee
recession is devastating all sectors of the economy, including education. Most local colleges, like FIU and MDC have been on a hiring
freeze for a couple of years already. Easy to imagine a drama starring a
laid off teacher collecting unemployment left alone with his kid after his wife splits. He's drinking and down in the dumps when his life long dream of being a scientist or an
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inventor pays off when the big corporation buys out his patent.
If you work at any of these jobs, or just like wallowing in others' misfortune, join Rachman as he celebrates the release of the paperback edition of The Imperfectionists at
Books and Books (265 Aragon Ave) on Wednesday, January 12th. The reading starts at 8.