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Uncontrolled corporate bullshittery (what, no weekly urine test?) combined with the inherent unreliability of a small business (whoops - paycheck bounced again) smothered in a sauce of dying industry, served in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Jesus, where do I sign up?
Posted by johnjjeeves on December 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
It takes pretty big stones to 1) pretend something that was obviously not satire was satire, and 2) try to evoke a comparison to Swift by using the phrase "a modest proposal." And by "pretty big stones" I mean "a pretty big asshole."
Posted by beef rallard on December 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Whoever wrote that clearly isn't qualified to even apply for a job at Dalkay Press.
Posted by dirge on December 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
The new intern is already tweeting. S/he seems to like the job...
Posted by Jude Fawley on December 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
Dougsf 5
Nowhere in the post is there a description of the job. Is this how serial killers vet their victims?
Posted by Dougsf on December 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Shouldn't you guys have assigned this story to one of your unpaid interns?
Posted by PCM on December 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM · Report this
I don't get the outrage here.
Posted by Foonken2 on December 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
And they wonder why people shoot up their workplace!?!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 9
Yeah, we clearly don't need unions anymore.

*rolls eyes*
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
And I thought the stranger's job description looking for webmaster was ridiculous (you must be an expert in every technology ever made and work crazy long hours at all hours) but, yeah, this one takes the cake... this message will moderator destruct in 3...2...1 i love the stranger but don't throw too many rocks when your own job descriptions are a little over the top :)
Posted by hifiandrew on December 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 11
I thought all entry-level jobs in publishing were pretty much like this. "Excel in superhuman fashion at doing shit work under shit conditions for shit pay, and maybe someday you'll be an author or editor. Though it's far more likely you'll be doing shit work under shit conditions for shit pay for the rest of your life. But maybe someday you'll be an author or editor!"
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on December 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM · Report this
It's entirely surprising that a company who pays for shit and disrespects their employees' humanity gets shit employees and is constantly frustrated with their performance and unprofessionality.
Posted by they'll never learn on December 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
@11 - Close, but let me FTFY:

"Excel in superhuman fashion at doing shit work under shit conditions for (no) pay, and maybe someday you'll (get an entry-level paying gig, but probably not).

Publishing industry is completely fucked, because they're addicted to interns that they never have to pay, and can discard every six months or so. Occasionally someone who is so utterly over-qualified and so utterly willing to put up with the Worst Industry In The World will come along and turn an internship into a paying gig, but it's so rare you may as well buy a scratch ticket and hope to win enough money to publish your own damn works. As such, 'talent,' such as it is, stagnates with those who already have jobs, and no qualified or talented person who wants to work as an editor or in publishing can do so if they have any fucking bills to pay.
Posted by johnjjeeves on December 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM · Report this
Amalink 14
OMG I seriously just left that job (only not at Dalkey or any publishing company). Ridiculously long hours for shit pay, crazy bosses who demand something and when it doesn't come out to their ideal (despite that their ideal wasn't even possible) you get yelled at for being stupid, unworthy, whatever.No holidays, vacation, or time off allowed. In fact have to be in the office even if there's no work to do just to prove they own you. 5 years I did that and found out (when I took vacation) the minute I finally left the office for a week they put up an ad for my job. Good riddance to that shit.
Thanks for the chance to finally vent a little.
Posted by Amalink on December 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM · Report this
@14: But the unpaid intern loves her "job"! Surely your anecdotes are worthless.
Posted by i can psychoanalyze tweets and boy howdy on December 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM · Report this

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