Joan­na Scutts is a free­lance writer based in Queens, NY, and a board mem­ber of the Nation­al Book Crit­ics Cir­cle. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in the Wash­ing­ton Post, the New York­er Online, The Nation, the Wall Street Jour­nal and sev­er­al oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. You can fol­low her on Twit­ter @JC_Scuttsr.
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Feminism in the Age of Precarity
An interview with historian Alice Kessler-Harris on how the past 30 years have changed women’s workplace demands.
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Working Night and Day, for 1,000 Years
A new book tells the hidden history of work—on and off the job.
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The Great Academic Novel
At the ripe age of 50, John Williams' "Stoner" is getting the attention it deserves
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The Surefire Formula for Doing Good?
The altruists profiled in Strangers Drowning have made huge personal sacrifices for others. But what should we make of their extremely individualistic approach?
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Fall In Love with Your Job, Get Ripped Off by Your Boss
Miya Tokumitsu's sharp new book exposes the "Do what you love" fairy tale for what it really is: a means of exploitation.
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Inside the Happiness Racket
Can money buy happiness? A new book explores the history of those who have tried to sell it.
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Big Data Is Watching You
The hidden price of Google, Twitter and Facebook.
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Ai-jen Poo’s ‘The Age of Dignity’ Is a Wake-up Call for an Aging—and Unprepared—Nation
When it comes to providing care for an aging baby boomer population, Poo says, we need to think bigger.
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Portrait of the Artist as a Dying Class
Scott Timberg argues that we've lost the scaffolding of middle-class jobs—record-store clerk, critic, roadie—that made creative scenes thrive.
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The Poor Don’t Need Pity
In a new book, Linda Tirado elaborates on her viral essay, 'Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts.'