But She Wanted to Write "Flak Like Me"
Check out the New York Times Book Review on Barbara Ehrenreich's ("Nickle and Dimed") latest effort, "Bait & Switch," where the author again goes undercover, but this time in the white-collar world looking for a job in, yes, public relations (which she memorably calls "journalism's evil twin"). With serious gaps in her "resume," she never gets there (listen up, Ross). But she finds enough material along the way to skewer the people she hired to help her -- career coaches, motivational counselors and other denizens of a cottage industry that has emerged to serve (or exploit, depending on your point of view) the needs of professionals in transition. And she doesn't have much sympathy for her fellow job-seekers either. As the Times reviewer points out, for people who like Ehrenreich's work, this has to make for a different kind of reading experience. The people with whom she spent her sad, exhausting, soul-deadening days became the objects of her contempt. In the meantime, the number of critics for this brand of journalism -- the memoir's evil twin -- continues to grow.