Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Idler Book of Crap Jobs: 100 Tales of Workplace Hell edited by Dan Kieran

The Idler is a 20-year-old British magazine promoting "alternatives to the work ethic." Unfortunately, it seems the only connection this diverse collection of stories shares is the writers' distaste for work in general. And let's face it—if you don't like working in principle then every job is crap. Anthologies like this are usually hit or miss, and this one mostly misses. A few stories are interesting, but not enough of them, and some are just lame or whiny. Plus since they are "reader contributions", the writing isn't of a particularly good quality to redeem them. Bottom line: if I wanted to hear people bitch about work, I'd get a job.

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