Preface Excerpt

Dr. StrangeJob or: How I Learned to Stop Raging and Embrace the Bull


Dr. StrangeJob

I was clearing out my overhead file cabinet and stumbled upon an old file folder brimmed with work related musings, notes, clippings, anecdotes, emails, and organizational reflections that I had collected during my work career. The file folder was labeled “Work Shit” and each item had not only passed my initial smell test, but also managed to remain fragrant with each successive viewing.

I had the idea to use the contents of the folder as fodder for a satirical look at life in the workplace, but I needed a framework to tie the material together. Circumstance and three disparate events collided to form a skeleton for the manuscript.

  1. I had recently purchased the fortieth anniversary edition of The Peter Principle by Lawrence J. Peter and Raymond Hull. The principle is as true today as it was in 1969.
  2. I watched the forty-fifth anniversary edition of Stanley Kubrick’s film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb. Unfortunately, the subtext of the film is as relevant today as it was in 1964. Oh my precious bodily fluids.
  3. I reorganized my home library and stumbled upon my collection of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. novels.


The framework became a satirical text of psychotic propositions ruminating on the continued relevance of the Peter Principle within the context of my work experience.

……. manuscript in progress