Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs at the Turn of the Millennium

Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs at the Turn of the Millennium

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by Marisa Bowe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0609605887

ISBN-13: 9780609605882

Pub. Date: 05/23/2000

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

For the last several years, the editors of Word, the pioneering Web magazine, have been sending interviewers -- nearly forty in all -- across America to talk to people about their jobs. They wanted to document reality, not to advance any overarching thesis or political agenda. Their sole position on work was that it's a fascinating topic and an elemental part of…  See more details below

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For the last several years, the editors of Word, the pioneering Web magazine, have been sending interviewers -- nearly forty in all -- across America to talk to people about their jobs. They wanted to document reality, not to advance any overarching thesis or political agenda. Their sole position on work was that it's a fascinating topic and an elemental part of nearly everyone's life. They were certainly not disappointed with what they found; this wide-ranging survey of the American economy at the turn of the millennium is stunning, surprising, and always entertaining. It gives us an unflinching view of the fabric of this country from the point of view of the people who keep it all moving.

Recalling Studs Terkel's 1972 classic best-seller, Working, the more than 120 roughly textured monologues that make up Gig beautifully capture the voices of our fast-paced and diverse economy. The selections demonstrate how much our world has changed -- and stayed the same -- in the last three decades. If you think things have speeded up, become more complicated and more technological, you're right.

But people's attitudes about their jobs, their hopes and goals and disappointments, endure. Gig's soul isn't sociological -- it's emotional. The wholehearted diligence that people bring to their work is deeply, inexplicably moving. People speak in these pages of the constant and complex stresses nearly all of them confront on the job, but, nearly universally, they throw themselves without reservation into coping with them. Instead of resisting work, we seem to adapt to it. Some of us love our jobs, some of us don't, but almost all of us are not quite sure what we would do without one.

With all the hallmarks of another classic on this subject, Gig is a fabulous read, filled with indelible voices from coast to coast. After hearing them, you'll never again feel quite the same about how we work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609605882
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/23/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
588
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionx
Welcome
Wal-Mart Greeter1
Workers and Managers
Ups Driver5
Corporate Headhunter9
Telemarketing Group Supervisor13
Software Engineer17
McDonald's Crew Member21
Workfare Street Cleaner24
Construction Foreman26
Steelworker31
Ford Auto Worker36
Slaughterhouse Human Resources Director40
Chief Executive Officer45
Temp48
Goods and Services
Systems Administrator53
Kinko's Co-Worker60
Automobile Parts Specialist66
Merchandise Handler70
Corporate Identity Consultant72
Clutter Consultant77
Crime Scene Cleaner80
Computer Chip Layout Designer86
Tofu Manufacturer89
Taxidermist93
Bar Owner96
Buyers and Sellers
Lemonade Salesmen101
Hallmark Gift Shop Saleswoman106
Gun Store Owner109
Drug Dealer112
Adhesives Company Sales Representative115
Advertising Executive123
Financial Advisor126
Traveling Salesman132
Hat Saleswoman135
Transportation
Highway Flagger139
Long-Haul Truck Drivers142
Gas Station Attendant148
Bus Driver151
Train Engineer154
Flight Attendant158
Plants and Animals
Campground Maintenance Worker165
Lawn Maintenance Man168
Florist171
Dog Trainer174
Research Biologist177
Commercial Fisherman180
Buffalo Rancher183
Food
Poultry Factory Worker187
Waitress191
Smokehouse Pit Cooks195
Diet Center Owner198
Pretzel Vendor203
Produce Stand Owner206
Food Stylist209
Media
Film Producer213
Film Development Assistant217
Film Director220
Actress227
Casting Director232
Supermodel236
Paparazzo239
Journalist246
Book Scout250
Anchorwoman253
Television Guest Coordinator259
Television Station Receptionist263
Artists and Entertainers
Songwriter267
Advocate for Rappers270
Mc274
Heavy Metal Roadie278
A&R Executive282
Painter290
Art Mover293
Web Content Producer297
Carnival Worker302
Video Game Designer305
Comedian309
Elvis Presley Interpreter313
Sports and Gambling
High School Basketball Coach317
Professional Hockey Player324
Professional Snowboarder328
Professional Basketball Player332
Sports Agent337
Squash Instructor340
Bookie343
Casino Surveillance Officer350
Sex
Escort355
Porn Star359
Stripper365
Adult Webmistress369
Transvestite Prostitute372
Children and Teachers
Labor-Support Doula377
Mother382
Toys "R" Us Marketing Executive387
Second-Grade Teacher391
High School Math Teacher395
College Professor399
Lawyers and the Law
Personal Injury Trial Lawyer405
Corporate Securities Lawyer412
Social Worker416
Fbi Agent421
Border Patrol Agent426
Homicide Detective432
Bounty Hunter439
Prison Guard446
Prisoner449
Government and Military
Sailor455
Army Psychological Operations Specialist458
Air Force General462
Environmental Protection Agency Specialist467
Lobbyist471
Public Utilities Specialist475
Town Manager479
City Planner482
U.S. Congressman487
Political Fund-Raiser494
Bodies and Souls
Nurse499
Anesthesiologist502
Orthopedic Surgeon507
Plastic Surgeon513
Pharmaceutical Company Sales Representative518
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapist523
Medicine Woman528
Minister530
Palm Reader533
Telephone Psychic536
Funeral Home Director540
Credits547

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Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I particularly like this book because I can relate it to a musical I performed in for my high school. The musical was called 'Working' and in it, people told the story of their life. Gig also tells stories about peoples lives and I find it to be very interesting reading material. For a fun and interesting book, I suggest you read Gig. (I personally hate reading and this is actually a book I wanted to read!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading word for a year now and i think the interviews with workers are one of the best things about their site. I am going to buy two copies for me and a friend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever stared into an office building at night and wondered what those tiny figures under the fluorescent lights are thinking? Reading Gig, I felt like the angels in 'Wings of Desire',that I was hearing the thoughts of those strangers. Mercifully free of a politic agenda, Gig seems at the vanguard of an un-named, simmering zeitgeist. Better than fiction, and more compelling than the news. I can't wait to read the rest.