How long’s it been since we did one of these, huh? Too long. So let’s see what we can do for fans of the passive voice.
I am sorry to inform you that you were not placed on the short list for this position.
That’s it. That’s the PFO sentence. But this letter is dated in late April. If “short-list” means the people they interviewed at the APA, I already know I didn’t make it onto the list. Those interviews were in December for fuck’s sake. And if it means the people they brought out for campus interviews, I already know that too. Because I didn’t get a first-round interview, did I?
What is it about writing these letters that turns philosophers into semi-coherent retards?