Tuesday, August 25, 2009
For a eulogy for the pre-Internet office, go here.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here's an extract from a little EP memoir, up at the L Magazine as part of its "Office Issue":
We used an editing system called Atex, amber letters glowing on dusty screens so old the black fields had burned to brown. A story editor would put an article in the copy queue and one of us would call it up, make corrections, and place our initials in the space at the top. When I first started, I would keep checking the queue and pounce on any new piece. Then I learned to sit back like the veterans in the department and at least finish the chapter I was reading.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
For Daniel Morrison, CEO of the D.C.-based international relief nonprofit 1Well, the wrong sign-off posed an impediment to deeper romance. "I sent an e-mail to a girlfriend, and she was very put off by me signing off with 'Regards,' saying that I sounded very 'emotionally detached,' " Morrison says via e-mail. "We did break up shortly thereafter, so maybe she was right."—Washington Post
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
RR: There are several young writers whose vision is so precise and spot-on that I'd follow them anywhere. Joshua Ferris and Ed Park have staked out similar territory (cubical culture) in Then We Came to the End and Personal Days. Doug Dorst's Alive in Necropolis and Hannah Tinti's The Good Thief also took my breath away. And I cannot recommend strongly enough the work of Jess Walter, whose eye and wit are unparalleled. If you want to understand post 9/11 America, he's your guy.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Then the management changed.
We were always profitable, but the new guys wanted more. They got it by cutting costs to the bone. I was a cost. I got cut.
—"My Good Life After Being Fired," Lee Child (author of the Jack Reacher novels)