- The Basement Office – Evelyn Sabbag
Whenever contemplating winning the lottery, one of the first things I think about is always how I would set up my studio – my brightly lit, above ground studio. After reading The Basement Office, I know that staying above ground is a good idea for a few reasons. Several furry and scaly ones and psychological ones too. I almost wondered if, by deciding to set up his happy-time home office in his basement, Alan was asking to be psychologically isolated and ruin basically every aspect of his life. Relationship with wife – ruined! Relationship with work colleagues and friends – ruined! Relationship with Gandalf the excellently named cat – probably also ruined (Gandalf’s perspective isn’t fully explored)! Relationship with alcohol – blossoming… Sabbag does a great job of balancing the aspects of the basement-related disturbance that could be Alan-madness and the ones that are just a man trying to self-destruct right when he seems to have gotten what he wanted and should be on his way to living a bit of a dream life. It’s a reminder that even if I get my imaginary-studio, I could just use it to drive myself nutballs. Although having read this, I now know I could also hire a ferret to help me out with that. In the meantime, I have Merricat.