Too comfy in your job lately?
Monday 26 August 2013, 12.59am HKT
IN case you’re not already comfortable enough with your own family screwing you…
Hita Nanase, a housekeeper with the psychic ability
to read people’s minds, leading her to uncover
the secrets of the households where she works
“No one denied that Shintaro had a special talent for his job. But in a large company, efficient team work was more important than individual genius.
“(His technical skills are superb.) (And he’s got the ability to develop new technology.) (Unfortunately, he’s unable to compromise.) (If he can’t get his own way, he throws a fit.) (He refuses to take orders.) (Sulks.) (Hates working with others.) (Makes fun of his co-workers.) (Starts his own projects without permission.) (Won’t recognize anyone else’s opinion.) (Gets into a huff.) (A loner.) (Hysterical.) (Vents his anger at everyone.) (Violent.) (Breaks things.) (Cries when reprimanded.) (Then runs home in tears.) (So he can tell Mommy.) (Afterwards she calls me at home late at night.) (Endless complaints.)”
— Yasutaka Tsutsui [筒井康隆]*
Recognise anyone you know like that — or in yourself, for that matter?
Telepathy not required, to put it mildly.
* From page 227 of Portraits of Eight Families by Yasutaka Tsutsui [筒井康隆], translated by Adam Kabat (Kodansha International Limited, Tokyo, 1972, 1989, ISBN 4-06-186046-1). Original Japanese title: 家族八景 (“Kazoku Hakkei,” or “Eight Family Scenes/What The Maid Saw”).
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