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But I Don’t Even Really Work Here

Aristotle opined that work makes one a worse person, given how much time it would take, robbing commoners of the ability to focus on their social and political obligations. This view shifted throughout Northern Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance with rising expectations that all citizens get their hands dirty at least some of the time, culminating in the…

On Cover Pages and TPS Reports

Maybe it’s got something to do with the bitterness of Boston. Like Dan Lyons, author of the riotous Disrupted and Lab Rats, fellow caustic local Ken Kupchik exposes the absurdities of the modern workplace in his new book, I Hope This Email Finds You Never. Covering everything from the red-letter day of the job offer to the pink slip thud…

Taking the Bull by the Horns

“I felt like I was part of a family,” writes Jamie Fiore Higgins in her brand-new memoir. And as you were undoubtedly reminded over Thanksgiving, that isn’t always such a great condition to find oneself in. The book’s called Bully Market and the abusive (her term) family in question is the New York office of Goldman Sachs, where the author…

Take the Road Less Troubling

Greg McKeown rocked a lot of worlds in 2014 when he coached readers of his smash hit Essentialism that if an opportunity’s not a hell yeah, it’s a hell no. (And if ever there was a clearer or better way to simplify one’s life, please do share it.) He’s back with Effortless, a wash-rinse-repeat model for continuing to do the…

Spend It If You Got It

I happened to read Uncharted by Margaret Heffernan and Die With Zero by Bill Perkins around the same time. While her book says it’s folly to act as if we can predict what’s to come in life, his says we don’t need to over prepare. Different messages on the face of it and yet I found there to be a…