Jerks at Work


Learn the answer to this question (!!!@@) and many others at Stanford professor Robert Sutton’s upcoming talk,

Thursday, October 30, 2008
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
Stanford Campus

Professor Sutton is the best-selling author of The No Asshole Rule.  He will share his insights on “how companies can take steps to build workplaces where demeaning behavior isn’t accepted and nasty people are shown the door.” *

Self doesn’t know about you, dear blog readers, but she thinks Prof. Sutton sounds like a fascinating person, just fascinating 🙂

*  Excerpt from Stanford Alumni Association press release.

CAVEAT:  There is a $50 fee for this event.  And you have to be the invited “guest” of a Stanford Alumni member.  Profuse apologies, dear blog readers.  But, if it makes you feel any better, self can’t afford it either.

Because Self is Reading Chris Abani’s GRACELAND

. . .  and the novel (for which Abani makes graceful acknowledgement to his agent, Sandra Dijkstra, who self believes is also Amy Tan’s agent) has section dividers that are actually recipes, for such quintessentially Nigerian (one presumes) dishes such as “Oil Bean Seed Salad” and “Roast Yams and Palm Oil,” self will write a novel which will feature such quintessentially Filipino dishes as:

Sapin-sapin, or “steamed layered rice dessert”*

Sinigang, or “Philippine soup with vegetables (gabi, okra, kangkong, and sigarilyas)” *

Sotanghon, noodles made from mongo beans, “transparent when cooked”*

Suman, “native delicacy made from glutinous rice, with or without coconut milk”*

Tapa, “thinly sliced, dried, salted meat”*

* Note to dear blog readers:  descriptions of each dish are quotes from Herminia Villacorta-Alvarez’s Philippine Cookery and Household Hints (revised and enlarged edition)

Let’s see, seeing as self was able to list five different foods above, the novel should have five different sections.  The first section, which follows the “Sapin-sapin” part, should be a narrative as layered as said sapin-sapin.  The second should have a little bitterness, seeing as how sinigang is a little sour.  The third should be slippery, slippery as sotanghon.  And so forth and so on.

Eureka!  Self, hurry up and start writing!

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