ezekiel's chariot - 張敦楷 (pjammer) wrote,
ezekiel's chariot - 張敦楷

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Meet Po Bronson

I first discovered author Po Bronson from his savagely subversive investment-banker-skewering book Bombardiers (Though slow learner that I am, I ended up chasing the brass ring on Wall Street anyway before coming to my senses).

I was pleased to learn that his subsequent roman-a-clef novel about technology startups and the cutthroat world of venture capital, The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest, is being made into a movie.

His current book project, a nonfiction work entitled What Should I Do With My Life, looks to be a promising exploration of our privledged generation's most quintessential struggle.


Nobody likes the under-the-microscope feeling of The Inevitable Cocktail Party Question, "So, what do you do?" When I started this book, I thought The Question was a scourge on our society, a contagious mental virus transmitted via verbal exchanges. But I don’t anymore. After interviewing hundreds of people, I came to see that The Question is how we hold ourselves accountable to the opportunity we’re given. We live in a rich country, so rich that we’re blessed with the ultimate privilege: to be true to our individual nature. Our economy is so vast that we don’t have to grind it out forever at jobs we hate. For the most part, we get to choose. And so a status system has evolved that values being unique/true even more than it values being financially successful.

-What Should I Do With My Life
Po Bronson

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