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The Secret Bureaucrat

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 7:20 AM
That bureaucrats are people, too, and we ought to go on bankrupting our great-grandchildren to keep growing numbers of them on the public payroll in case there's another Kafka in their ranks. Or something.

Franz Kafka is one of those authors whose name has become an adjective, as in Shakespearean or Faulknerian or this dictionary entry:

Kafka-esque -- adj., referring to the nightmarish, surreal, illogical quality Franz Kafka evoked in works like "The Metamorphosis," "The Castle" and "The Trial."

No wonder Franz Kafka was able to capture the maddeningly frustrating world of the modern bureaucrat so well. He was one. And a pretty good one, too: conscientious, adaptable, public-spirited and practical. At least to judge from the latest collection of his work, which is not a volume of short stories, but office memos and other...