I gotta tellya, I simply do not to do with this, the fourth most blogged story at the NYT Website this morning. I can’t say I envy these guys, but I don’t exactly disapprove. I mean, it’s just that I am still part of the generation where you got a job or you went to jail (or so you were taught to believe). Oh dear, I don’t know what to think.
I guess I do have to take note of the (not very typical) story of Alan Beggerow:
Alan Beggerow has not worked regularly in the five years since the steel mill that employed him for three decades closed. He and his wife, Cathleen, 47, cannot really afford to live without his paycheck. Yet with her sometimes reluctant blessing, Mr. Beggerow persists in constructing a way of life that he finds as satisfying as the work he did only in the last three years of his 30-year career at the mill. The trappings of this new life surround Mr. Beggerow in the cluttered living room of his one-story bungalow-style home in this half-rural, half-industrial prairie town west of
He also gets more sleep, regularly more than nine hours, a characteristic of men without work. . . .
Very few of the books Mr. Beggerow reads are novels, and certainly not the escapist Westerns that he himself writes (two in the last five years), his hope being that someday he will interest a publisher and earn some money. His own catholic tastes range over history — currently the Bolshevik revolution and a biography of Charlemagne — as well as music and the origins of Christianity.
He often has strong views about what he has just read, which he expresses in reviews that he posts on Amazon.com: 124 so far, he said.
Obviously, this man needs a blog.