The Art of Work

I enjoy creative nonfiction that explores the work we choose to do and the various conflicts therein.
Scott Partee works for the U.N. in Vienna. Here’s how he describes it:

I just finished crawling around in a rat hole while wearing a suit to lay down some network infrastructure for some highly confidential nuclear nonproliferation air-gapped ta-do da whooptiewhitz.

Now, that’s making geekery sound fine. No easy task, I imagine.
Here’s Partee looking back at his time spent on top of the communications heirarchy in Atlanta:

At Bellsouth (the NEW NEW AT&T!), I had become so nearly end-user that I’d forgotten a lot of my tech skills. I was paid handsomely to sit around and read/think about technology all day without ever doing. This was Fortune 100, and we certainly had plenty of people to turn the screws, program the thermostats, trouble-shoot the elevators. We had thousands of coders at the end of fibre optic lines to various “best shore” companies. Resources were never scarce, for the most part; only decisions were rare.

I’d like to read more material of this sort.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.