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Work-related: ‘Out of Office’ with Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen
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Anne Helen Petersen

This week during The Write Question, Lauren talks with cultural critic Anne Helen Petersen, co-author of Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home, who re-imagines a future wherein our work lives are no longer our entire lives. “Working from home” might be part of the book’s subtitle, but this book isn’t about where work should be done, but how. How can we be more productive at work? How can we be happier? Note: We’ve published Lauren’s full conversation with Anne here; a shorter, edited version of their conversation was played on-air.

About Anne:

Anne Helen Petersen writes the newsletter Culture Study, and is the author of four books, most recently Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home. She received her Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Texas, and was formerly a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News. She lives in Lummi Island, Washington.

Anne Helen Petersen recommends:

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf Publishing Group)

Matrix by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books)

An Irritable Métis,” a Substack newsletter by Chris La Tray

Lauren Korn recommends:

Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Feminist City by Leslie Kern (Verso Books); and this conversation with Lauren and Leslie in The Adroit Journal

Overtime: Why We Need a Shorter Working Week by Kyle Lewis and Will Stronge (Verso Books)

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Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now an Arts and Culture Producer at Montana Public Radio and the host of it’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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