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:
- Get hired somewhere prestigious for less than you would make elsewhere.
- Produce good work.
- Piss off the wrong people by being overly-candid.
- Get your ass fired.
- Become disillusioned with the lie of meritocracy.
- 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.