Applicant (Real World) (No. 20) Second Edition,Second Edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0977055760
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"A wonderful piece of 'found art' featuring photos and extracts from a bundle of rejected CVs and interview summaries that Jesse stumbled across."  —Spider Fan


"One of the best one-off ‘zines I’ve run across."  —Mental_Floss


"You will read this book and laugh, and think, and marvel that such a simple concept can affect such bipolar feelings."   —Verbicide


"A very interesting, if all too brief time capsule of a decade long gone."  —Reglar Wiglar


"This is such a simply constructed book, and yet it really makes you think. . . . This is a book about shallowness, theirs and ours, and in that, this book finds something very deep."  —Adam Coozer, ReadJunk


"A great prank itself. . . . It’s a fun, funny, and revealing little book."  —Roy Christopher


"An interesting curio."  —Johnny Bacardi Show Blog

About the Author

Jesse Reklaw is the author of the syndicated strip, "Slow Wave" and the comic journal Ten Thousand Things to Do. He is an instructor at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) Comics Program. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Product Details

  • Series: Real World
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing; Second Edition,Second Edition edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977055760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977055760
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Z VINE VOICE on September 29, 2007
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I discovered this zine because it was one of the "staff picks" at my local library. The zine is comprised of actual Ph.D. applications from the 1960s and 1970s found by the author in a recycling bin.

Each page features one applicant's photo with one or two-line comments from their references - comments that were never meant to be seen by anyone but the review board, let alone by the applicants themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on January 9, 2013
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I give high praise to anybody who dares to dumpster dive at an Ivy League school, and this collection of "finds" absolutely explains why. I bought this little gem as a stocking stuffer for my 16 year old niece this past Christmas, and as I expected, she loved it. How could she not? This stuff was never intended for you and I to see! Though each photo is accompanied by no more than a few sentences, every page highlights how limited, subjective and flawed personal perceptions can be. Each short comment left me with the sense that I was learning embarrassing things about the interviewer instead of learning something important about the person being "assessed." I just hope against hope that it didn't affect those students for the rest of their lives, because unfortunately, it very well may have.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Parmalee on February 13, 2008
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A fun little booklet in which its' brevity presents both its' greatest strength and greatest weakness. Given that it covers a very small subset of society -- Ivy League biology grad school candidates - and its' brevity of words, I drew the following conclusions:

1) Biology grad students possess as much nerdiness as physics, chemistry or comp sci grad students, the usual majors of nerds from Central Casting.
2) Nerdiness predates the 1980s.
3) Condescension towards women and minorities seem at least as prevalent in acedemia during the 1960s and 70s as it was in society at large. Then again, we're talking about the Ivy League.

The burning question I have is how in one case the interviewer came to the conclusion that a certain woman "does not work too well with her hands"? Inquiring minds want to know...
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This is truly a bizarre glimpse into the world of academia. The book is a collection of applicant information, comments, and other ephemera associated with Ivy League grad student applicants that the author pulled out of a trash can and assembled into this wonderful little book. The comments are pretty scathing at times, but it makes for a delightful, fun read.
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By BioBabe on October 26, 2014
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so funny!
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