The Age of Charlie Blossom – WORKING

Working by Studs Terkel 

People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

This is a book.  The book carries importance to a curious person.  Everyday people wake up and go to work.  There place of work, they have certain rules they have to follow and certain procedures they need to follow.  During the course of the 8-hour-work-day, people have to work but they are never asked how they feel about what they are doing.  Naturally, an individual person must comply with the rules and expectations of the company in order to maintain their employment.

One of the most interesting entries is “The Age of Charlie Blossom” about a guy named Charlie Blossom.

He rambles all over the place.  He discusses working and having the job but he also has desires for anarchy and he does not like that he has to work in general.

Here is a paragraph from the story:

“I’ve gotten myself on unemployment.  They were nice to me the first few times, then a woman told me to get a number.  I wanted to tell her, Fuck you.  I can wait outside your apartment and knock you over the head and steal your money.  Fuck your money.  It’s not your money in the first place.  It’s mine.  I worked for it.  And if you don’t give it to me, I don’t give a fuck, ’cause I’ll live anyway.  When I was younger and applied for a job and the guy wouldn’t give me a reason for not hiring me, I would say, “It’s okay.”  I wouldn’t yell at him, “You’re a racist pig.”  I’d think, Fine.  Mao Tse-tung will hire me to kill you.  Or I could be a bank robber. But that bitterness, I don’t like being bitter.  I’m a pacifist.”  -End of Paragraph, Charlie Blossom


If you enjoyed that, then I recommend Working by Studs Terkel.

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