Sunday, July 4, 2010


Later you can all ask about how my job interview went. Or, you can ask how I thought it went. I guess I won't know how they thought it went for a couple of weeks.

Also, I am between books, so I'll go back to your comfort reading suggestions for some clues. If anyone has very specific post-job-interview/going-on-holidays-to-Cairns reading suggestions, that would also be great.

Edited later:

I think I forgot to tell them some important things to demonstrate such skills as Learning from My Mistakes and How to Do Better Next Time. Also I might have focused a bit much on stakeholders and my own present projects and not enough on the fitting it into broader government policy contexts and the work of the Best Department Evah, even though I actually work in those contexts all the time. Oh well, it's all practice, innit? And I don't think I totally embarrassed myself, and I don't think I had doobies coming out of my nose, so that's a comfort, now.


cristy said...

Have you read Wolf Hall yet?

Penthe said...

Yes. But that doesn't mean I couldn't read it again. Great for the plane.

cristy said...

Yes, it is the kind of book that would benefit from a second read.

Book Thief?

Penthe said...

Good advice! I just read that as well, and won't read it again straight away for fear of tears.

I found an AS Byatt I haven't read in my bag, so I think I'll read that for the time being.

GMT+10 said...

The bit about doobies made something come out of MY nose. *snorty repressed laughter*

Lippy said...

Hey, Pen, hope you can enjoy your holiday without spending too much time overthinking the interview! For reading on a plane, Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name is terrific on the compelling-from-page-one stakes (African-American author; slave narrative; terrific character; slightly too good to be true but who cares).
I'm too lazy to go back to the comfort read post to reply properly - dreadful of me! - but I think it's a great thing to initiate.
For me, comfort reading includes A S Byatt's Possession; Angela Carter's Wise Children; and Ondaatje's The English Patient . . . Or, if I want something more escapist - Anita Diamant's The Red Tent (feminist, historical, escapist); Marion Zimmer BRadley's Mists of Avalon; Phryne Fischer's adventures in Melbourne; or something absorbing on the detective front (earlier Sara Paretsky with the indefatigable V I Warshawski; a Michael Connelly or one of Ian rankin's Rebus novels).
For what it's worth . . .

Penthe said...

Good list, thanks. I love it that all the lists include some already-favourites, and some books I haven't read or thought about reading.

Might go for some Rebus initially, which I've never picked up (escapism being the order of the day) and stick Angela Carter on the list. And I do have to go back to Possession, now I love so many of AS Byatt's other books, I guess.

seepi said...

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is fantastic holiday reading. It is better for a trip to Europe though, as they check out major sights like the Cartier sign.
More bite than the movie, and very funny.