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The origins of the limerick are vague
But the style came after black plague.
And in today’s modern age
This boyfriend may wage
Spats in rhyme, though his girlfriend may beg.
(Stylisticienne, The Smart Set)

Let’s take a critical eye to the profane and the obscene. (Los Angeles Review of Books, The Smart Set)

What’s the value of paper in the digital world? If you’re biting your nails over the imminent demise of the paper book, relax — technological doomsayers have been around for ages. And before you hit send on that e-résumé, consider putting your skills on paper. (National Endowment for the Humanities, The Smart Set) •

Maren Larsen is the associate editor of The Smart Set. She is a digital journalism student, college radio DJ, and outdoor enthusiast.
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Job interviews, pre-digital revolution.

 

Stroll the least-trafficked aisles of your local office megastore and you might be surprised to find a few ghosts from job searches past haunting the shelves. 100% cotton resume paper in almond linen? With matching envelopes? Isn’t it illegal now in most states to send paper resumes to prospective employers? Hasn’t study after study determined that in the age of Monster.com, even smoke signals have a better chance of catching a human resource director’s eye than any document that has touched the filthy, technologically obsolete hands of a U.S. Postal Service carrier?

Sure, all that may be true-ish. But it also doesn’t negate the possibility that old-fashioned resumes, on crisp, rich, ivory-laid paper may be the key to a return to boom times.

This isn’t immediately obvious, of course: Even when typewriters still ruled… More…