after Joshua Ferris’s terrific debut of office life, Then We Came to the End, I vowed to read any new fiction that depicts people working at actual jobs. Part of the fun of Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land, for instance, is that it takes the reader through the ins and outs of real estate, a subject that I never expected to find fascinating. By contrast, Dana Vachon’s debut Mergers & Acquisitions shows people at a job, but not working in any discernible sense. The book might as well be set in a country club.
It’s amazing how greatly a writer benefits from a working knowledge of what people spend most of their time doing.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Working for a Living
At the new Commentary Arts blog, the horizon, Stefan Black makes the following statement: