Five Working Movies

Movies About Work to Watch After Work

  • Up in the Air–For those who’ve been laid off or fear being laid off. A great movie for not so great times.
  • Wall Street–An OG movie about hustling (and not in a good way) to get the top.
  • Clerks–The classic niche movie for all retail workers.
  • Office Space–What most of us at dead end jobs wish we could do but don’t.
  • Glenngarry Glen Ross–The movie that made a generation wonder if they were good enough to be a closer.

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Authors on Working

Several Cents Worth of Common Sense

  • “The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.” -Arthur Miller-
  • “You should not confuse your career with your life.” -Dave Barry-
  • “Do not whine…Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.” -Joan Didion-
“Notice”

  • “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-
  • “Apparently I lack some particular perversion which today’s employer is seeking.” -Patrick Kennedy Toole-
  • “If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you are a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.” -Kurt Vonnegut-
  • “In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not subversive.” -Bill Waterson-

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4th of July: The Mix Tape

A Side

1. “America”–Neil Diamond

2. “Living in America”–James Brown

3. “Ragged Old Flag”–Johnny Cash

4. “Born in the USA”–Bruce Springsteen

5. “American Pie”–Don McLean

6. “Surfin’ USA”–The Beach Boys

7. “R.O.C.K. in the USA”–John Mellencamp

8. “Back in the USA”–Chuck Berry

9. “Star Spangled Banner”–Jimi Hendrix

“Legion Memorial #7”

B Side

1. “The Heart of Rock & Roll”–Huey Lewis and the News

2. “American Girl”–Tom Petty

3. “Dancing in the Streets”–Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

4. “Fortunate Son”–Creedence Clearwater Revival

5. “Sweet Home Alabama”–Lynyrd Skynyrd

6. “Chicken Fried”–Zac Brown Band

7. “Cheeseburger in Paradise”–Jimmy Buffett

8. “All Summer Long”–Kid Rock

9. “We’re an American Band”–Grand Funk Railroad

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Getting By: The Mix Tape

1. “House Rent Boogie”—John Lee Hooker

2. “Fast Car”—Tracy Chapman

4. “Another Day in Paradise”—Phil Collins

3. “Marie”—Townes Van Zandt

5. “Sittin’ on a Poor Man’s Throne”—Bobby “Blue” Bland

“Couple at Jukebox”

6. “King of the Road”—Roger Miller

7. “Broken Down”—Eric Clapton

8. “Times Gettin’ Tougher Than Tough”—Them

9. “Hard Time Losin’ Man”—Jim Croce

10. “Hard Time”—Gillian Welch

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Musicians on Selling Out

Four Bits of Wisdom

  • “Selling out is doing something you don’t really want to do for money. That’s what selling out is.” -Bono-
  • “Most of the people who call me a sell out were 7 when I was face-down in the punk trenches.” -Henry Rollins-
“Accordion Music”
  • “It’s not selling out, it is called making lots of money.” -Mick Jagger-
  • “There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won’t.” -Annie Lennox-

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Authors on Prohbiton(s)

Six Bits of Wisdom Concerning Prohibitions

  • “Three times I have been mistaken for a prohibition agent, but never had any trouble clearing myself.” -Dashiell Hammett-
  • “There’s an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. It’s reflected in prohibitions and these taboos that we have.” -George Carlin-
  • “Complete prohibition of all chemical mind changers can be decreed, but not enforced, and tends to create more evils than it cures.” -Aldous Huxley-
“Bobby’s Tap and JPD”
  • “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky. It is prohibition that makes things precious.” -Mark Twain-
  • “Prohibition is the trigger of crime.” -Ian Fleming-
  • “I believe that it should be perfectly lawful to print even things that outrage the pruderies and prejudices of the general, so long as any honest minority, however small, wants to read them. The remedy of the majority is not prohibition but avoidance.” -H.L. Mencken-

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Winter Time: The Mix Tape

1. “December Baby”–Ingrid Michaelson

2. “Snowin’ on Raton”–Townes Van Zandt

3. “Mid-December Blues”–Samuel James

4. “Snowflake”–Amy LaVere

5. “Get Me Through December”–Alison Krauss

6. “Winter”–Tori Amos

7. “Winter’s Song”–Cowboy Junkies

“Snowy Backyard #3”

8. “Christmas Song”–Dave Matthews Band

9. “Christmas in Paradise”–Mary Gauthier

10. “White Christmas”–Otis Redding

11. “New Year’s Resolution”–Otis Redding and & Carla Thomas

12. “Happy New Year”–Lightnin’ Hopkins

13. “Like New Year’s Day”–Sara Watkins

14. “Winter’s Come and Gone”–Gillian Welch

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A Winter Checklist

The Good, The Bad, The Cold

  • Hot coffee, hot chocolate, and hot tea (this is not sweet tea weather)
  • Scraping ice off your car windows before going to work
  • Waking up to single digit temperatures
  • Soups, stews, and chili (oh so many chili recipes)
  • Owning a convertible (yep)
  • Walking the dog in below zero temperatures
  • Whiskey weather (oh so many hot toddy recipes)
  • Always losing just one damn glove
  • Snow in your dress shoes
  • Sledding with friends while drinking the above mentioned hot toddies
  • Starting the snow blower after it sat idle for nine months (damn two stroke engines)
  • Hard wood floors and no slippers
  • Christmas and New Year
  • Breaking the ice scraper before going to work (try using you driver’s license)
  • Two words: WIND CHILL

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Authors on Solitary Confinement

Four Views of Solitary Confinement

  • “Incessant company is as bad as solitary confinement.” -Virginia Woolf-
  • “We’re all mad, the whole damned race. We’re trapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we’re all mad and in solitary confinement.” -William Golding-
“Lonely Girl”
  • “In spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody. The essential substance of every thought and feeling remains incommunicable, locked up in the impenetrable strong-room of the individual soul and body. Our life is a sentence of perpetual solitary confinement.” -Aldous Huxley-
  • “We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.” -Tennessee Williams-

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Authors on Graveyards

Six Bearers of Wisdom

• “Every heart has its graveyard.” -Zora Neal Hurston-

• “As we go on with our lives we tend to forget that the jails and the hospitals and the madhouses and the graveyards are packed.” -Charles Bukowski-

• “Many a fervid man writes books as cold and flat as graveyard stones.” -Elizabeth Barrett Browning-

“Graveyard on a Foggy Day”

• “Man is the only religious animal. In the Holy task of smoothing his brother’s path to the happiness of heaven, he has turned the globe into a graveyard.” -Mark Twain-

• “Politics can be the graveyard of the poet. And only poetry can be his resurrection.” -Langston Hughes-

• “Cemetery, n. An isolated suburban spot where mourners match lies, poets write at a target, and stonecutters spell for a wager.” -Ambrose Bierce-

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