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Somers, Jeff, 1971-
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Berkeley, CA : Creative Arts Book Co., 2001.
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149 pages ; 20 cm
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Three twenty-something guys, who transitioned from collegiate underachieving to corporate bottom feeding sketch out a plan to make a grab for some dignity They will rob the publishing house that employs their only stable member and results him on a daily basis. Being the bright, perceptive fellows they are, they all quickly realize it's about the money For Phil Dub Dublen, it's a pissed off statement against a dull, meaningless job. For self-styled poet Trim, it's a chance to actually be outrageous and anarchic as he needs to be. For Trim's roommate Dan, it seems to be something he does for the same reason he does everything: to vent some anger, having nothing better to do. By the time their master plan is all said and done, nothing has been solved, nothing is better, and nothing, really, has changed. And, in the slightly fractured wisdom of the larcenous trio, this surprises none of them.

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Three twentysomethings searching for quality of life in the big city are failing miserably at finding it at local watering holes and devitalizing jobs. Phil "Dub" Dublen schlepps himself to his bottom-rung position at a publishing house, where he does as little as possible. Trim dresses in all black, bleaches his spiky hair, and writes and recites terrible poetry. Between his bouts of caustic sarcasm and demented smiles, a peculiar, calculated charm surfaces. Quiet but potentially violent, Dan is an alcoholic and an unemployed Irishman. All three slackers bemoan their lack of writing careers, financial success, and meaningful lives until the day they hatch a boozy plan to rob Dub's publishing house of its expensive office technology. Surprisingly enough, the heist succeeds, but nothing really changes. Somers' dialogue is funny, his characters oddly likable, and his plot pleasingly unlikely, adding up to a highly entertaining if chillingly accurate reflection of the apathetic work ethics and life disappointments of Gen X postcollegiate dreamers. --Deborah Rysso