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Ad world muckraker Joshua Ferris has been nominated for a National Book Award for his first novel, Then We Came to the End, based on his experiences at a Chicago ad agency.

This could mean something about how the plight of those trapped in the modern workplace is so universal that it has filtered successfully throughout our cultural miasma, from our television sets to our literature, but we actually think it proves something much more important: Copywriters really can do something more worthwhile than create a universally-panned sitcom!