The novelist Julie Schumacher wrote her latest, Dear Committee Members, entirely in the form of letters of recommendation. The format allowed her to illustrate the travails of a creative writing professor through a medium often ignored in fiction. At The Awl, Jessica Gross and Merve Emretalk about the novel. Pair with: Cathy Day on academia’s novel crisis.
Fun fact: the reason that people threw tomatoes at bad actors in the medieval age was because tomatoes were thought to be poisonous to humans. They aimed for the mouths because they were trying to kill them