Q: The title of the short story was “Dead Wood.” It was a heart-wrenching tale of a mid-level corporate executive desperately trying to save his job with a half-baked motorcycle stunt aimed at impressing his boss. The story is told from the wry point-of-view of an observant colleague. The story is very ‘real’ with no fantastic elements other than “Mr. Dead Wood’s” increasingly futile goal of saving his job. A timeless piece that would read very well in today’s downsized economy.
A: See the Aging Loser Story question.