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21 Dog Years: A Cube Dweller's Tale Paperback – August 26, 2003
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About the Author
Mike Daisey's one-man show includes 21 Dog Years, Wasting Your Breath, and I Miss the Cold War. They have been performed in unheated garages, hotel ballrooms, unused hallways, and Off Broadway. He has worked as a security officer, web pornsniffer, high school teacher, blood plasma seller, archivist, telemarketer, roofer, cow innard remover, law firm receptionist, cold caller, rape counselor, DJ, freelance writer, accountant, night janitor in a home for the violently mentally ill, and dot-com wage slave. He lives in Brooklyn, and may be found on the web at mikedaisey.com.
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And that is what makes the book funny, and not just silly. Mike is a man who can laugh deeply at himself. And as he laughed at himself and built his shortcomings to unbelievable proportions, he had me laughing with him. I haven't laughed this hard in years. Mike is the Dave Barry of dot-com. And, in spite of his total ineptitude in customer service he is a man you want to like, a man with heart, a man who has a good woman who stays with him and keeps him grounded.
Now, in his post-corporate incarnation, Mike is doing performance art and his book is ranked no. 1967 (today) on amazon.com. Not bad for a slacker. Buy this book today and laugh your head off!
Mike Daisey is the ultimate slacker and proud of it. Raised in rural Maine, Daisy migrates to Seattle after a liberal arts degree specializing in acting. This is not the type guy who ends up as the next Mel Gibson but rather he's working his acting gig in garages in Seattle. Obviously this type career will require money from natural sources, real jobs.
After a distinguished career in the temporary services industry, Daisey latches on to the Customer Service dept. at Amazon.com. Keep in mind this is the early stages of the company with massive software problems. This required lying and tap-dancing by the Customer Service representatives. While some may be uniquely qualified for this job, Daisey was not and during this frustrating period was rescued with a job in business development, clearly a step up.
While this job put him closer to the heat of Jeff Bezos, the Amazon icon, the Internet hype days were quickly ending. Daisey was caught in the trap and lost his job. How he describes this wild ride from slacker, to Amazon brainwashed devotee, back to normal slacker is a humorous story of our times. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Amazon, the Internet culture or youngsters coming of age in the 90's.
I decided to read this book since I have an obsessive love of amazon and I wanted to know what it is like to work for one of the greatest companies on earth. I must admit that I laughed out loud a few times. The stories about the dogs running the halls of amazon were especially amusing. I've been to amazon's Seattle location and have seen the dogs for myself. Yet it was funnier when reading about it.
Now what made me enjoy this book the most was the personal letters Mike Daisey wrote to Jeff Bezos but never sent. There was something endearing about them and they made me think about how amazon is run in a deeper way.
It seems Mike Daisey was very impressed with Jeff Bezos when he first starting working at amazon but over time his opinion changed. He speaks glowingly about him at first but then seems to dissaprove of everything he does. We are not given the exact reasons for this change of attitude.
This book made me wish I'd kept a diary of all my experiences reviewing at amazon. The only thing I'd warn you of is that there is a little bit of shocking information about Mike Daisey's job before amazon. But he could be enhancing the truth for effect.
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