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The Scheme For Full Employment The ''Scheme'' is this: A battalion of wage earners putter around town from warehouse to warehouse in specially designed ''UniVans,'' solely to pick...The Scheme For Full EmploymentFiction The ''Scheme'' is this: A battalion of wage earners putter around town from warehouse to warehouse in specially designed ''UniVans,'' solely to pick...2003-01-03
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The Scheme For Full Employment

Genre: Fiction; Author: Magnus Mills; Status: In Season

The ”Scheme” is this: A battalion of wage earners putter around town from warehouse to warehouse in specially designed ”UniVans,” solely to pick up or drop off the replacement parts that keep their UniVans running. Mills’ nameless narrator is a veteran driver and happy cheerleader (”For without a doubt the UniVan was a glorious creation!”) who, like Mills, is pretty content just loping around amiably from point A to point B and back. Mills, called ”the acknowledged contemporary master of the working-class dystopic parable” on the same dust jacket that reprints a rare blurb from Thomas Pynchon, runs capitalist utopia through a hamster wheel, crafting a wry tale just a bit too subtle and straight; it might’ve broken more of a sweat.

Originally posted January 3 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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