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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade (March 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573223824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573223829
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the disparate extremes of corporate banality and his own furious imagination, Rees has crafted a world seething with humor. Following his antiwar hit Get Your War On and his samurai spoof, My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable, this is a hilarious satire of workplace desperation taken to a medieval level of agony and the madness needed to survive it. Visually, the story consists of bland clip art taken from business presentation manuals, but Rees skillfully uses the same drawings over and over again to create an entire cast of characters. These doomed office drones speak in a profane gangsta patois that is anything but boring. "You're being killed by the numbers? Fuckin' count harder man!... You are real. You are better! Say that shit ten times." Tensions mount as the unnamed company tries to find a new filing technique that will neutralize the presumed boredom and incompetence of its workers. Dr. Fanderbiles, a consultant portrayed by a drawing from the 1920s, is brought in to increase productivity, but things go terribly wrong, even when he promises team members a chance to "jump out of an airplane and hold hands." This work joins Office Space, Work is Hell and Dilbert as a fantastic recreation of the middle-management tedium and petty in-fighting that the workplace can become. Unlike Dilbert's wasteland, though, this office actually seems to be a very exciting place, what with people turning invisible, databases blowing up and computers using Scotch tape to network. Rees is quickly becoming one of Gen Y's foremost humorists.
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Raw, enraged, sardonic, hilarious...and impossible to pigeonhole. -- Rolling Stone

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2004
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Though Rees is better known for his Get Your War On comic, his wit and creativity are at their best in the Filing Technique series. Part of Rees' shtick is using public domain clipart instead of drawing the strips himself. And this tacky office clipart-you know, the blurry black and white pictures of office workers in plaid jackets talking on the phone-is a big part of the humor. There's something funny about dowdy office staff spewing obscenities.
You probably already know many of the characters in your own life-most of Rees' trash-talking clipart people are familiar enough to make part of you laugh in recognition and part of you consider hara-kiri. The clipart device also works well because Rees treats the pictures literally and builds absurd stories around them. Two women in front of a filing cabinet have intense and profane conversations about filing techniques; co-workers gathered around a workstation are business trainees who use the "spy computer" to learn about office politics; a shadowy man with a stack of dot-matrix printouts contemplates stealing the paperwork to start his own company.
So take a cubicle break and visit a world where management can drop a Triangle Body Mode at any time or can bring in Dr. Niles Fanderbiles to make sure your filing system is in the Realm of Excellence.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LM on March 12, 2004
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I loved David Rees' political satire, but this book is even funnier. If you like Office Space but thought the plot got in the way of the laughs, you'll love this. Anyone who has ever worked in an office (and doesn't mind profanity) can appreciate the humor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry R. Stock on April 10, 2005
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I wish the offices I have worked in were this hilarious, and I could have used the Triangle Body Mode in many awkward situations.

In short, I laughed until I couldn't breathe and had to put the book down. An incredible, hilarious commentary on the depths of despair available 9:00-5:30 in your metropolitan area.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diego Gomez on May 11, 2005
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The FUNNIEST book ever! if you've werked in an office, u will love this book! If you haven't worked in an office, i hate you and you will STILL love this book! - hey i sound like an ad!
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