RadioBDC Logo
I'm With You | Grouplove Listen Live
 
 
< Back to front page Text size +

How Not to Do It, Part II

Posted by Robin Abrahams  February 28, 2013 12:27 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

How not to take rejection gracefully. From the inbox of Mr. Improbable, who was sent an article submitted to the Annals of Improbable Research. Mr. Improbable read, considered, and politely rejected the submission in an email ending with the line, "I confess that what you sent me does not seem funny." The would-be author responded:

I'm afraid that is either your presumption or your mediocrity speaking. Nothing to be sorry for.

Do you have brighter friends with good senses of humor, relaxed attitudes, who are also known to be very thoughtful and knowledgeable? Maybe I'm taking some of my ... dislike at the wrong person here, but I thought the Ignobel Prizes carried a somewhat different spirit than what might be the case. Perhaps they are just a substitute for taking a nap. The problem is despite the glut of minds nowadays, I can't get a hold of one person to follow something relatively simple for just a few paragraphs. Hell, who knows? Maybe there'd be a point to giving some things further thought or further reading.

Have I been asking for so much? What is it with everyone's bizarre self-importance that you can't give something a sober, calm, serious read if just for a few minutes that you came across in your inbox. Inboxes are kind of there for one basic reason. How can everyone be so goddamn busy? Or maybe I'm just not coming across anyone with their head screwed on right? It really surprises me. How can you morons not be made fun of?

This blog is not written or edited by Boston.com or the Boston Globe.
The author is solely responsible for the content.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

 
About Miss Conduct
Welcome to Miss Conduct’s blog, a place where the popular Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams and her readers share etiquette tips, unravel social conundrums, and gossip about social behavior in pop culture and the news. Have a question of your own? Ask Robin using this form or by emailing her at missconduct@globe.com.
contributor

Who is Miss Conduct?

Robin Abrahamswrites the weekly "Miss Conduct" column for The Boston Globe Magazine and is the author of Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners. Robin has a PhD in psychology from Boston University and also works as a research associate at Harvard Business School. Her column is informed by her experience as a theater publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and English. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and their socially challenged but charismatic dog, Milo.

Need Advice?

Curious if you should say "bless you" to a sneezing atheist? How to host a dinner party for carbophobes, vegans, and Atkins disciples—all at the same time? The finer points of regifting? Ask it here, or email missconduct@globe.com.

Ask us a question

Required
Required
archives

Browse this blog

by category