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This Business of Publishing by Richard Curtis

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24

The Client from Hell:

A Short Story

 

BECAUSE I HOLD MYSELF RESPONSIBLE in large measure for the imminent destruction of our planet, I'm writing this hasty narrative of my role in order for survivors, if any, to read. To increase the odds that it will be discovered, I will send it out over every electronic network I can log onto, requesting all users to download it and place the hard copy in a fireproof container, as I will be doing.

I'm not sure what benefit to future generations I expect this account to produce. If, after thousands of years of recorded history, humanity hasn't grasped the lesson that every war is the product of folly, I can't imagine what it will take to convince us. Obviously, the reduction of our globe to a cinder isn't ...

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