Seeking questions for my new NYT "watercooler therapy" column. PLUS: 2011-2012 Where Were You? exclusive.
|Rob Walker||Jul 7, 2013|
Oh, uh, hi, yeah ... it's me. Again. Sorry for the interruption, but the recent frequency of these emails is a side effect of ... lots of stuff going on. But this should be it for a while, so I'll get to the point(s).
1. Need some watercooler therapy? Know someone who does? Starting in August I'll be writing a new advice column for the NYT Sunday Business section, titled The Workologist. As announced in today's Times:
Have a Workplace Worry? Ask the Workologist
The C.E.O., the cubicle dweller, the summer intern, the Starbucks-telecommuter — everyone in the modern workplace has something in common: We all need advice sometimes. Beginning in August, a new Sunday Business column by Rob Walker will offer help. Whether you’re wrestling with a career issue, trying to finesse delicate office politics, or are just flummoxed by one of the countless workaday irritations of life on the job, send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. (You can request that your name be withheld for publication, but we may need to reach you for clarification, so please include your name and daytime contact information)
I am excited about this. It's a subject that interests me greatly, and a form I've never worked in. I think it could be a lot of fun ... but much depends on the questions. So seriously: If you or someone you know could use some advice on a workplace issue, from the serious to the frivolous, PLEASE send in a question — and/or PLEASE spread the word. This enterprise definitely depends on good/interesting/smart/(bizarre/startling) inquiries.
(PS: This does not affect my ongoing work for Yahoo and Design Observer.)
2. Where Were You? 2011-2012 + secret deal for subscribers to this newsletter:
I have no idea how many of you actually know about Where Were You? but it is a side project of mine that deals with the intersection of high-profile death and day-to-day life. Since 1992, I have kept notes on "where I was" when I learned that this or that well-known person had died; these notes address whatever that person makes me think about. In the past I've made zine-like collections of all entries for each year from 2006 to 2010.
Now at long last the 2011-2012 double edition is available on Magcloud, and the digital version will be free until next weekend, when I'll announce it officially and figure out a price (probably a couple of bucks). So you've got a week to get yours, tell your friends, etc.
Using Magcloud is an experiment. For the digital version of a publication, you can use their reader, or download a PDF (that's what I did). You can also buy a printed version. I've ordered mine, but it won't arrive for a few days so I can't comment on the quality. I'll leave the price on that at $17.60 (meaning no author markup, that's Magcloud's base cost) until next weekend if you're interested — but I realize that ain't cheap!
That's all. I'll leave you alone for a while! Hope you've enjoyed a lovely long holiday weekend,