Decided last night to watch The Best of Everything (1959), a Valley of the Dolls-style movie about three young secretaries slaving away at a New York City publishing house and trying to work their way up to the vaunted position of “EDITOR.” I was dumbstruck by the movie’s unfaltering realism. Why, this is exactly how things play out at Booklist!
When our esteemed Editor & Publisher Bill Ott makes a new hire (always in tuxedo, of course) these are the exact words he says:
And when that excited new employee goes buzzing through the office with the good news, not a single typist fails to offer congratulations:
Oh, but it’s not all hand-shakes and hoorays. You gotta be tough at Booklist. How tough? Joan Crawford tough:
It’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.