Super rich kids with nothing but fake friends

On Katherine Losse’s The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network, Free Press (2012) and Dave Eggers’ The Circle, Knopf (2013) Even before opening the books, you can see why Losse is annoyed with Eggers. It’s not that the content is the same, exactly – although there are overlaps that lead […]

Missing out

Notes from Adam Philips (2012) Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York We make our lives pleasurable, and therefore bearable, by picturing them as they might be; it is less obvious, though, what these compelling fantasy lives – lives of, as it were, a more complete satisfaction – […]

To reduce ‘rushaholism’

Decelerate: • Take brief time outs throughout the day • Treat delays as found time • Do nothing on a regular basis • Nap if possible; should inhibition keep you from doing so, confront the inhibition • Take an occasional bath • When hurried, ask yourself, “Do I really need to rush? What’s the worst […]

The Swiss Cheese approach

What is it about corporate strategy and cheese? According to Louis C. Feuer, the ‘Swiss Cheese Approach to White-Collar Stress’ is a practice of ‘selective mingling’ that enables workers to navigate the corporate hierarchy and arrive in a better place. As he puts it: Getting through to the other side of the cheese is easy, […]

White-collar stress

Notes from Louis C. Feuer (1987) White-Collar Stress: A comprehensive, practical approach to relieving stress and insuring professional and financial success. Federick Fell Publishers, Hollywood (Fl). A book ‘for those who will play some games, for those willing to engage in some non-offensive manipulative behaviors, and for those willing to take on a new consciousness […]

How we became professional, part 1 – Mayo’s missing women

Before joining Intel, I was planning a project on the history of professionalism. Specifically, I wanted to study genres of popular pedagogy devoted to teaching office workers self-management skills. I was interested in two areas, to be explored in the next series of posts: 1. The establishment of human relations as a discipline, particularly the […]

Avoiding telephone interruptions

Notes from Alec Mackenzie (1990) The Time Trap: The New Version of the Classic Book on Time Management. Published by The Business Library – an imprint of Information Australia [anyone with further info on this imprint and its history, please get in touch] The number-one underlying cause of telephone interruptions is your presumption of legitimacy. […]

A story about code

In The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage tells the story of F. B. Morse, inventor of the Morse code, whose wife Lucretia ‘died suddenly at their home in New Haven, Connecticut on the afternoon of Feb 7, 1825.’ Away on business, Morse remained oblivious: “I long to hear from you,” he wrote on February 10, at […]

On writing/life

When you are deep in a book, it’s my experience that you check out of life a little; to others you look like you’re there, but you’re never completely present. You try talking, but you can’t quite tune in; you try listening to people, but you can’t quite concentrate. You’re working harder than ever, but […]

Women and work in Australia – notes

The following notes and links are from reading Elizabeth Windschuttle (ed) Women, Class and History: Feminist Perspectives on Australia 1788-1978, Fontana Press, Melbourne, 1980 Ray Markey, ‘Women and Labour, 1880-1900′ (83- 111) Louisa Lawson – the Dawn Club: demanded economic and social equality (The Dawn newspaper now archived online thanks to this successful campaign; more […]

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