by Emily Erickson
- The Capitol Hill Times -
There is one four-letter word that’s nastier than any swear word ever uttered. It’s the reason that your alarm clock wakes you up from the perfect dream. It’s the place where you spend over 30 percent of your life. Work. For a lucky few, the word has a positive connotation, but for the rest of us it represents the nine to five o’clock drudgery that we try to erase from our memories the instant that we power off the computer or peel off our polyester uniforms. The good news is that we’re not alone. During Blitz: Capitol Hill Art Walk this Thursday, head over to Office Nomads at 1617 Boylston Avenue to hear six authors read about their experiences at work.
Michelle Goodman and fellow writer Sierra Golden collaborated to create the event “Wage Slaves: Tales from the Grind.” But why create an event about work?
“Work being a rich topic for writing and literature may sound counterintuitive, especially when you consider all the studies showing that one in two people are miserable at their job. But I think this is precisely what makes it such interesting and often hilarious fodder,” Goodman said.
In her own books, she writes about the daily grind and how to avoid the possibility of being entirely consumed by the eight-hour workday. Her latest book, “My So-Called Freelance Life,” is a guide aimed at those who wish to pursue a career as a creative professional while still being able to pay rent and the other stack of bills that pile up on the kitchen table.
Along with Goodman and Golden, Maged Zaher, Peter Mountford, Matthew Nienow, and Jane Hodges will share their stories. With the variety of voices at this event, there will undoubtedly be a wide range of tales. Goodman unveiled a few possibilities, “You can expect anything from fishing stories to stories about the one-percent in corporate America.” Expect to laugh.
Goodman also hosted a Wage Slaves reading at the Lit Crawl last October. Because it was so well received, the reading turned into a series, which will likely turn into three or four readings this year. She is thrilled to be hosting this reading at Office Nomads, a fitting venue for this reading’s theme.
“It’s a coworking space and it’s very community oriented. They have parties that bring together creative types, writers, and artists,” Goodman said.
While you listen to these authors’ stories, feel free to nosh on the complimentary donuts and coffee – a must-eat snack for this event.
Blitz: Capitol Hill Art Walk takes place on the second Thursday of each month, between 5 and 8 p.m. For more information visit www.blitzcapitolhill.com.