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Barbara Ehrenreich (2005)Describe your latest project.
For my latest book, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Search for the American Dream, I went undercover as a white-collar job seeker. From the start a career coach who illustrated his "lessons" with Wizard of Oz dolls it was a real down-the-rabbit-hole experience. I tried everything Internet job boards, career coaches, networking groups, "boot camps," job fairs, and an expensive personal make-over and can't even say I experienced rejection: Complete invisibility is more like it. But what a strange world! The emphasis in today's corporate culture seems to be all on "personality" especially "likeability" rather than on skills or experience. Coaches tell you that you can alter the universe with your thoughts. Networking groups turn out to be proselytizing events for the Christian Right. A lot of this is funny or would be if it didn't involve the lives of so many real people who have been laid-off, downsized, "riffed," and "re-orged" out of their jobs and now find themselves having to sell their homes and take on Nickel and Dimed-type jobs at near-minimum wages.
If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
Writers are better liars than other people: true or false. Why or why not?
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did you read it?
Why do you write?
Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Kelvin?
What do you dislike most?
Talk about your vision of the ideal life.