Editor’s Letter; Things We Love; Megan Nicol Reed
When I had the idle thought that it would be amusing to get someone to act like a real arsehole for a week and then write about it, I wondered who could do it. Kim was busy, so I asked Greg*. But when I outlined the idea to him, his mouth opened in a little “o”, in much the way a choir boy’s might when asked to nick the holy wine. Then he giggled nervously. I could tell it appealed, but that also, he was terrified. After a month of cajoling though, he decided he was in. Things didn’t go well to begin with. We’re talking about a guy who normally doesn’t even speak at meetings, let alone come to them late and announce he couldn’t be bothered turning up on time. As the week ticked by, I began to despair that he’d do anything really shitty. “Why don’t you,” I suggested, “email the CEO and complain about something?” He giggled some more. And then he emailed him. It was basically an exercise in torturing a nice guy for a week, but I think it might have toughened him a little. For when I came in this morning, the sun was shining and Greg’s blinds were raised. And to find out why that matters, you’ll just have to read the story. * See Greg, that’s how you do it.