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What DGLM sounds like

When I came across this post on The Awl about Union Square’s resident bagpiper, I just had to share it.  One of the oddities of working in our office is that while we’re nine floors up with no windows actually facing Union Square, anything loud going on down in the park sounds like it’s happening in our file room.  When there’s a rally or march or concert, we hear it.  Rounds of IMs will ping around the office, everyone trying to figure out exactly what the protesters are chanting.  Or which song has been played three times in the last hour.  Or whether the person on the megaphone is hawking a product or inciting a revolution.  With the odd acoustics, made stranger ever since they built a building across the street made up primarily of windows, we are a captive and often confused audience.

Yesterday evening was a perfect example.  It sounded like angry hordes were invading 1 Union Square West, and I initially suspected a continuation of the previous evening’s Egypt rally, but it turned out to be a crowd of people waiting for a Lupe Fiasco event in the park…that turned out to just be this ad projected on the side of a building.  (Far enough from where the crowd had mistakenly gathered that I could see it, but not them, from my desk.)  From the sounds of it, the crowd had shown up expecting something a little more entertaining.  Shame the bagpiper was nowhere to be found.

As Jim said when I sent him the bagpiper post, if you want to know what it’s like to work chez DGLM, just go play that clip on repeat for four hours.  For a more authentic experience, while it’s playing ask a couple family members to go honk your car horn periodically and shout angrily and inarticulately at random intervals.

4 Responses to What DGLM sounds like

  1. Draven Ames says:

    Add to that the slush pile, the publishers, the PR and everything in between, and it can probably be a headache. Still, it would be amazing. How does someone start working towards becoming a literary agent? The literary world is amazing and fun. Sometimes I fear that I’ve discovered it too late, like coming to The Never Ending Story as the world begins to break. But there is such a new world of writing out there. Is it better or worse for literary agents now?

    The sounds would be atrocious.

    Draven Ames

  2. Draven Ames says:

    Would writing be enough, or do you need to go to college as well? Is it something you have to go to NYC to do now, or can this be done from a computer now?

    Sorry, imagining the sounds made me think about the position.

    Dreams.

    • Lauren says:

      Many agents start out in NY as part of established agencies, though it’s not necessarily the only way. I personally can’t imagine doing it without having had time to learn from all my colleagues and without continuing to do that every day. That kind of support is invaluable. It’s certainly something that can be done elsewhere–hey, Michael’s doing just fine out in LA after all–but I think it’s a tough enough job without adding obstacles before you’ve learned the ropes. And as for the way in, as with most jobs, I think most people start out as interns or assistants and work their way up. Anyone can declare him or herself an agent, which is why research is so important for authors, and some people are going to have the eye, natural talent, and business savvy to make it work all on their own with minimal opportunity to meet editors and make connections. That said, I don’t envy them that path!

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