Everywhere’s A Sausage Factory

Dan Baum’s tweet-story of working for the New Yorker and then being fired is fascinating not only because of its juicy inside-baseball-ness but because how it shadows the beats of my own personal story:

  1. Get hired somewhere prestigious for less than you would make elsewhere.
  2. Produce good work.
  3. Piss off the wrong people by being overly-candid.
  4. Get your ass fired.
  5. Become disillusioned with the lie of meritocracy.
  6. Cry about it online.

At least I didn’t name names. I’d be worried if I were him after all that’s happened to look petty to other potential editors.

This is pretty much why I’m trying to be my own boss.

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