Thursday, November 03, 2005

Some jobs are better than others

Ted Conover has a cooler job than you. Not terribly surprising given that most jobs, including seemingly high powered ones, are tedious and boring. Conover writes books about sub-cultures. He becomes a member of the sub-culture and experiences life as a member, then writes about it. I am currently reading Coyotes, which concerns Mexican illegal immigrants. Conover sneaks across the border, works on a fruit crew and migrates from job to job. He has also written about being a hobo, a ski-bum and a prison guard. The focus is on the experience and Conover does a great job in communicating how different these lifestyles are from the more mainstream ones. While Coyotes is quite engaging, I am sorry to say there has been no mention of La Chupacabra.

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