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Where's Unimportant
by Daniel Shortell   

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Literary Fiction

Publisher: ISBN-10:  146106497X Type: 


Copyright:  May 2, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781461064978

A day in the life of neurotic, disgruntled software drone Jack Addington spins out of control when his colorful past clashes with his miserable present revealing to Jack that dumb luck has the power to overshadow his futile attempts at perseverance.

Where's Unimportant

 Jack Addington is stuck. A carefree life wandering the globe has morphed into a monotonous existence working for an oppressive Manhattan-based software company peddling products which destroy the lives of decent people. Jack struggles through soul-sucking affairs with despotic executives and eccentric scientists by mentally projecting himself out of the present and into past adventures. Avoidance, however, is temporary, and it does not take long for his overly medicated mind to lose perspective, causing him to act increasingly irrational in a brutally rational world. Jack attempts to reconnect to reality through the guidance of a colorful group of 'advisers', but, a bleak situation continues to spin out of control despite his best efforts. Ultimately for Jack, a slice of contentment is found only when luck stands amid the rubble of his failed attempts at perseverance. Sharply satirical, funny and painfully honest, Where's Unimportant is a snapshot of one man's failed attempt at the American Dream.

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“We're not studying physics at MIT to question our own knowledge in some sort of epistemological masturbation. We craft facts. We have money to make, 'solutions' to devise, products to sell. We are a f*cking civilization, get it?”

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