Gee, I Wonder if This Will Attract Any Resumes?
Research Associate/Personal Assistant:
New York City--Highly intelligent, resourceful individuals with exceptional communication skills sought to undertake research projects and administrative tasks for one of Wall Street's most successful entrepreneurs. We welcome applications from writers, musicians, artists or others who may be pursuing other professional goals in the balance of their time. 90K-110K to start (depending on qualifications). Resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Coming Across This Line Made Me Miss My Erstwhile Woods Even More. Long-time Working With Words readers may remember my ruminations of last fall, upon the occasion of the opening of Legacy Village, about how I was going to miss having such precious near-virgin (okay, re-virginized) suburban forest almost in my back yard. I used to wander around those grounds for hours on weekend walks, occasionally stumbling over a deer carcass that looked as if it had been there since the early Bronze Age. But when I recently happened upon this sentence, from the last line of W.H. Auden's poem "Woods," I missed that wild area even more. As the venerable one put it: "A culture is no better than its woods." Indeed...