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29 Jobs and a Million Lies by Jennifer Topper

By Jennifer Topper

Darkish, twisted, and outrageous, 29 Jobs and one million Lies is a glimpse at counterculture's underbelly and makes an attempt to be triumphant inside that global. From demented B-movie, roach-infested movie construction places of work chock packed with freakish characters to the Cannes movie competition; from beginning a punk rock checklist label to its not easy yet inevitable crash; from a filthy, Greenwich Village eating place kitchen to failed makes an attempt at becoming a member of the army, you gotta ask, what is a pleasant lady from the suburbs doing all of this soiled paintings for.

29 Jobs and one million Lies is the gut-wrenching, self-deprecating account of ways ambition to face out was once burnt up by way of clumsy offerings, immaturity and self-defeating righteousness. 29 Jobs is a post-GenX novel, other than it truly is actual, and within the vein of Sarah Vowell, Chuck Klosterman, and Dave Eggers.

Jenn Topper is simply over the moon that she's published 29 Jobs and 1000000 Lies. Her first novel, Getting the previous Gang again jointly may be out quickly so please remain tuned. Jenn is a proud member of the yr 0 Writer's Collective the place there are lots of writers extra gifted than herself

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I’d give this company a new face, that’s what I had convinced myself, because my own image was so coupled with their that my identity was suffering as a result of their failure at this point in time. Shortly after the Milan market was another, smaller media market in Cannes. I got the reluctant—if apathetic—approval from the bosses to go to both markets, so I had my work cut out for me. They let me go to Europe again this time, but without a booth at either market. I was to share a booth in Milan with another loser film distributor, a super-old guy letch.

How backwards was it for a film company which hadn’t produced anything in years to produce an infomercial which you had to buy on VHS that attempted to sell you their old movies, on VHS? It was a miserable failure, I’m not going to kill the surprise about this story by telling you that up front. The first task was to staff the production. I was the staff, there was no budget to hire anyone else. Next. The second task was to find people to be on this infomercial, and to get them to be interesting enough to make a testimonial about how great this company was.

Who gives a crap about the literary department when you have a FILM STUDIES DEGREE? I didn’t. I had another lead, this was for a Garanimals job like the William Morris one but at MTV. Except they couldn’t wait for the interview to happen after I graduated and moved back to New York; so I had to drive back in my roommate’s car (yep, it’s a 12 hour drive) in March through the night to interview. Stupid. That job didn’t happen, I think it may have been because I criticized the flimsy content and lack of social responsibility that the network exercised on their impressionable demographic.

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