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Job Hopper: The Checkered Career of a Down-Market Dilettante

Hilarious and painful … Takes me back to my days of working a series of flunky jobs, before I settled on one to keep for thirty five years. – Harvey Pekar, author of American Splendor

“Selling hippie clothing seemed like a great way to meet people. And it probably would have been if I’d been selling it out of a van in the parking lot of a Grateful Dead show…

The bad-job memoir…has brought out the bitter best in writers ever since George Orwell’s “Down and Out in Paris and London” … Two brilliant examples are “A Working Stiff’s Manifesto,” by Iain Levison, and “Job Hopper,” by Ayun Halliday. – William Grimes, The New York Times (ooh, that rhymes!)

“The food at Turman’s was great, but the service was kind of crappy. For example, I once responded to a concerned regular’s inquiry about my recent absence with a blow-by-blow description of my bladder infection.

Actress and writer Halliday proves that the slacker life doesn’t end at 25. – Dylan Foley, The New York Post

“Oddly, the gruesome realities of the endlessly flawed human body never bother me when I’ve got someone on the massage table…”

Gitcher autographed Job Hoppers right here!

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Perhaps you too can find temporary employment as a mime. Or a costumed mascot…


Ayun with mime money

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JH excerpt

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Holding out for some fringe benefits? Allow me to pad out the package with links, reading tips, and other related perks.

Job Hopper © 2005 by Ayun Halliday