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A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoirby Iain Levison
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Iain Levison can find work but not fulfillment. The frustration of dead-end, deadhead labor induces a kind of pink-slip payback syndrome as the realization sets in that his college degree will gain him little byway of psychic wages on the job. He is adrift in a workaday world where one human is as good as the next and all are expendable. Meaningless promises abound, like when they were telling us at commencement that] we werethe future of the world, the bright shining blah blah blah.
In ten years, Iain Levison has lived in six states and worked at forty-two jobs, from fish cutter in Alaska to furniture mover in NorthCarolina, film-set gopher, oil deliveryman, truck driver, crab fisherman . . . He quit thirty of them, got fired from nine, and has difficulty remembering the other three. Whatever could go wrong often did, hilariously.
A Working Stiff's Manifesto makes Nickel and Dimed look like chump change. It is a funny book about the not-so-funny American workplace. The real thing, written notby a high-priced journalist disguised as a counter clerk, or a tenured professor passing as a vagrant, but by a genuine wage-dependent, red-blooded working stiff too rich for welfare and too broke to fit a consumerdemographic. He works to keep his car running to get back and forth from work. He works to get by and get back to square one for the next day's labors.
The author, a genuine red-blooded working stiff, presents a hilarious glimpse into the world of dead-end labor by recounting his experiences working forty-two different jobs, including fish cutter, truck driver, and crab fisherman, in the past ten years. 10,000 first printing.
About the Author
Iain Levison is the author of A Working Stiff's Manifesto, an account of his post-collegiate work experience, consisting of forty-two jobs in ten years, and two novels, Since the Layoffs and Dog Eats Dog. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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