Thursday, 4 June 2009


From Alain de Botton’s The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, via the LRB blog.
These individuals were writing their stories in a subgenre of contemporary fiction, the business plan, and populating them with characters endowed with deeply implausible personalities, an oversight which would eventually be punished not by a scathing review by some bright young person from the London Review of Books but by a lack of custom and a prompt foreclosure.
I have no comment, really, I just like his turn of phrase.



Blogger Cognitive Overload said...

I like it too. In fact, I like it so much that I'm considering writing a series of business plans in sub-genre style. The Horror business plan could be fun (but not necessarily popular); the Romance one light, unfulfilling and with a predictable ending, and so on...

11:56 pm  
Blogger David Murphy said...

I think you will find that the horror business plan is actually the most popular type. Like most horror stories, though, they start off fairly normal. The horror only appears later in the story...

9:55 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I disagree. The conventional genre for a business plan is the fairytale, although sci-fi is also popular(especially for technology startups).

Horror (and tragedy) is reserved for progress reports against the business plan and the eventual post-mortem.

3:13 am  

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