After more than five years of reading, writing, and touting e-books, I finally bought an e-ink reader. The price and form factor were finally right. I became jealous of my fellow commuters with their little postcard-sized tablets. I don’t want to alienate anyone, so I’ll just say that the reader I selected begins with a “K.” Or maybe ends with a “k.” (Sorry, Sony.)
In today’s column: Honesty pays, but who’s buying?
I’d like to stipulate, going forward, the following: we all create jobs. Employees create value. Employers pay wages. Employees spend wages. Employers add jobs. Just because employers appear last in this cycle doesn’t make them any more responsible for job creation than employees. We’ve mistaken the proximate cause of jobs for the ultimate cause and, in so doing, mistaken the cash box for the U.S. Mint.
In today’s Plus Ça Change: What we talk about when we talk about jobs.
In this week’s Plus Ça Chat, I talk to Joyland co-founder Brian Joseph Davis, who published my story collection Why They Cried.
Here’s a scenario I imagine unfolding in the not too distant future. A game junior representative from some GOP district in the hinterlands charges onto the floor of the House and demands that funding be cut off to HBO. It will be sad when he finds out that HBO is, in fact, a private company.
In today’s Plus Ça Change column: It’s not PBS. It’s HBO.
With neither sarcastic sniffs nor youthful sentimentalism, I’d like to register my support the Occupy Wall Street protesters. If their only message were that business needs to be regulated, I would support them, because — for me — that’s the bottom line of our current financial crisis. Business must be regulated. The sweet, Reagan-era whispers that we could deregulate everything and trust business to take care of our needs have proven false.
In today’s Plus Ça Change column, I register support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
WHY THEY CRIED
"... demonstrates real insight into the way we live now."
"Reminiscent of George Saunders and James Thurber, Why They Cried is a great collection of modern tales."
–Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and co-founder of One Story
"Jim Hanas has a remarkable talent for imagining and crafting uncanny little worlds that make me vaguely nervous. And yet I never want to leave."
–Rob Walker, co-founder of Significant Objects
"A tender and smart assembly of fiction about people trying to communicate—with each other, the world—and all the ways they fail. Fail better, fail beautifully."
–Fiona Maazel, author of Last Last Chance
Jim Hanas is the author of the short story collection Why They Cried (Joyland eBooks/ECW Press) and director of audience development at HarperCollins Publishers.