By John Bowe, Marisa Bowe, Sabin Streeter, Daron Murphy, Rose Kernochan
“An enticing, funny, revealing, and refreshingly human examine the weird, life-threatening, and delightfully humdrum exploits of everybody from activities heroes to intercourse workers.”
-- Douglas Rushkoff, writer of Coercion, Ecstasy Club, and Media Virus
This wide-ranging survey of the yank financial system on the flip of the millennium is wonderful, staggering, and constantly pleasing. It supplies us an unflinching view of the cloth of this nation from the perspective of the folks who preserve all of it relocating. The greater than one hundred twenty approximately textured monologues that make up Gig fantastically trap the voices of our fast paced and various economic climate. the decisions show how a lot our global has changed--and stayed the same--in the 3 many years sooner than the flip of the millennium. when you imagine issues have speeded up, develop into extra complex and extra technological, you are right.
But people's attitudes approximately their jobs, their hopes and ambitions and disappointments, suffer. Gig's soul isn't really sociological--it's emotional. The wholehearted diligence that folks deliver to their paintings is deeply, inexplicably relocating. humans converse in those pages of the consistent and intricate stresses the vast majority of them confront at the activity, yet, approximately universally, they throw themselves with out reservation into dealing with them. rather than resisting paintings, we appear to adapt to it. a few of us love our jobs, a few of us do not, yet just about all people will not be really yes what we'd do with no one.
With all of the hallmarks of one other vintage in this topic, Gig is a wonderful learn, full of indelible voices from coast to coast. After listening to them, you will by no means back suppose really an identical approximately how we paintings.
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It's too much. There is no time to go see a movie, read a book, find a wife or husband, raise a child. I used to read two or three books per week in Bosnia, now if I finish one book in one month I am happy. I really miss that part of my time. Now I don't even remember the names of writers that I like. Capitalism is without any doubt more efficient. It can generate, you know, wonderful products and everything else. The cars in America are much better than cars in former Yugoslavia, the homes are better.
Because I'm helping people. I mean, I've had people come up to me in restaurants and out of the blue say, “Rose! You placed me twelve years ago. ” And sometimes I do and sometimes I don't, but they're always so friendly, so grateful. I've never had anyone tell me I screwed them up. It's always, “I love you! ” And, oh my God, that's such a nice feeling. Everybody wants to have a job they want, a job that wants them. That's what this is really all about—finding the right people for the right company and the right company for the right person.
Thor Jensen, Jerry Klingman, Suzy Landa, Bob Levine, Mia LoLordo, Jason Mohr, Anne Newman, Betsy Pearce, Doug Pepper, Nancy Rathbun, Conrad Rippy, Frank Roldan, Steve Ross, Yoshi Sodeoka, George Streeter, Gordon Streeter, Sabin and Beverley Streeter, Lisa Webster, Krista Whetstone, Stephen Daedalus Whetstone, Brian Zeigler, and the many, many people across the country who helped with ideas and assisted us by introducing us to friends, relatives, and acquaintances. The editors would also like to thank the friends and family members who gave us moral support during our grueling labor of love.
Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs by John Bowe, Marisa Bowe, Sabin Streeter, Daron Murphy, Rose Kernochan