Working, by Studs Terkel (BOOK ONE)

Working The Land Pierce Walker This chapter has a lot of logical progressions and it starts off with a solid choice as far as land laborers go: An old-fashioned (and self-described poor) farmer. Walker has “about five-hundred acres” to labor on and has lived where both his father and his grandfather worked the land. Tradition…

Sickness and Slacking

They say write what you know (whose they?) and I’m doing that in spades today for this late original article entry. Basically, I’m sick. I tend to think I’m invulnerable and impervious to the effects of sickness around me but a few times a year I’m proven wrong (maybe cause I skip the flu shot).…

Working, by Studs Terkel (Preface I-III)

Preface 1: Who Built The Pyramids? At least in this first part, it’s going to be easiest to break down the book from one interview to another. I’ll try to limit references to future interviews so as not to confuse anyone. I may make some callbacks as time goes on just to show what some…

A New Schedule

I haven’t been posting lately due to a mixture of the usual: Existential dread, laziness and perhaps the fact that my to-do list has been recently cut down to a list of anti-work(ish) movies and an assortment of other half-finished ideas. So, in order to pick the pace (back) up for the rest of the…

Jobs and Hopelessness

Whether it’s just a contributing factor or the main reason, much of the time our jobs can convince us that life is meaningless or that we don’t contribute much. I had a co-worker yesterday who told me that they felt useless even though they hate the job. Our jobs can convince us that we’re useless…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapters 8 & 9)

After some delays, here it is, the last two chapters of Autopilot. And gosh if they aren’t disappointing. Let’s start from the top. Chapter 8: Six Stigma as Seizure I don’t even have any notes on this chapter besides, “Still not really on topic and the analogy is largely vacuous and suspect in general.” but…