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dream.20080409: advisory

by Rob Friesel

I am the literary advisor to the President of the United States of America.  It is not a Cabinet position; it’s more like being a manservant.  The pay is adequate and the uniform is the most comfortable suit I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing but it also is not what I had in mind when they first asked me.  I do not make book recommendations.  The Stately Old Bastard gets lists of titles from Secretaries of State and War and Agriculture and Miscellany; instead, I stand by to enforce his taxonomy and to retrieve and to take notes.  Many evenings he discards his recommendations and asks me to fetch a different title for him.  Only he can’t remember the title; he describes the cover and expects me to fetch it from the library.  “You remember the one I’m talking about?  With the blue cover?  It has a design on it but only on the upper half.  And it isn’t a fancy design either.  Oh and it’s not thick.”  And I retire to the library momentarily to plow the stacks for this phantom binding.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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