Covering Anne Helen Petersen's "Can't Even" and "Out of Office"
Are you familiar with Josef Pieper's Leisure, the Basis of Culture? That book and the work of Andrew Taggart did a lot to change my views around work.
I looked at the jobs and tried to find a fit. I tried.
I love AHP - and her weekly questions and message boards are an amazing community. Have to admit, I have not read her books.
I just finished reading Edinburgh by Alexander Chee (excellent!) and am on to The Secret Life of Groceries. The book promises a deep look into the grocery store -- I used to write for a food pub and am already a grocery geek -- but this book goes deeper than I expected. Very into it.
The book that had the biggest impact on me work life is Flow by Csikszentmihaly. I read 10 years ago and was affected by the idea of we are in flow during the work week, but flounder during the weekend. The claim I am paraphrasing was we don't have plans or structure to our leisure activities. After evaluating this idea for my activities I took up several hobbies that I still do. As for Millennials, when my older friends complain as older people do, I simply relate many examples of Millennials I know who work hard on their own terms and play hard on their own terms. What is wrong with that?
Great discussion here! And I am all for a rethink of work, work hours, and how we do it all. I spent my young-adult, formative years living in London, and living in the European/UK approach to work gives you a different perspective that your identity and your life does not have to be defined by what you do. Who you are, how you live - and perhaps what you read! - says more about who we are. Happy new year and happy reading (and happy working), friends.