How Do You Prepare for a Job Interview When You Have a Criminal Record?

“In this observational short documentary, the Québécois filmmaker Nicolas Lévesque places the viewer inside training sessions for three men preparing for job interviews following their release from prison. Forced to confront their pasts in this stressful setting, fragments of stories, including their hopes for and apprehensions about the future, begin to emerge. Unvarnished yet empathetic, the film offers a sobering account of the overwhelming challenges that ex-convicts face when re-entering society.”

How Do You Prepare for a Job Interview When You Have a Criminal Record?

Why Fiction Trumps Truth

“When it comes to uniting people around a common story, fiction actually enjoys three inherent advantages over the truth. First, whereas the truth is universal, fictions tend to be local. Consequently if we want to distinguish our tribe from foreigners, a fictional story will serve as a far better identity marker than a true story…

…The second huge advantage of fiction over truth has to do with the handicap principle, which says that reliable signals must be costly to the signaler. Otherwise, they can easily be faked by cheaters…

…Third, and most important, the truth is often painful and disturbing. Hence if you stick to unalloyed reality, few people will follow you.”

—Yuval Noah Harari, “Why Fiction Trumps Truth.” The New York Times. May 24, 2019.

The Knowledge Ornament

“Knowledge must be burned, hammered and beaten like pure gold. Then one can wear it like an ornament.”

—Tibetian scripture referenced in Chögyam Trungpa, “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.” Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1973. Pg. 17.

Bizarro Fiction

Readers in the horror genre want horror. Readers of erotica want something titillating. Bizarro fiction readers want something weird.

“The introduction to the first Bizarro Starter Kit describes Bizarro as ‘literature’s equivalent to the cult section at the video store’ and a genre that ‘strives not only to be strange, but fascinating, thought-provoking, and, above all, fun to read.'[1] According to Rose O’Keefe of Eraserhead Press: ‘Basically, if an audience enjoys a book or film primarily because of its weirdness, then it is Bizarro. Weirdness might not be the work’s only appealing quality, but it is the major one.'[2]”

—Wikipedia, s.v. “Bizarro fiction,” last modified May 7, 2019, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizarro_fiction

Eraserhead Press is a major publisher. Thought I might try a short story collection with a GoodReads rating above four, Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson. Interested in suggestions if anyone reading this has any.