In case you’re interested in a break, this column does not mention the pandemic.
Instead, it reflects on an old question that has spanned a number of new books about the nature of work and what is wrong with it. Jill Lepore wrote a survey of these books this month in the New Yorker, finding that a common theme is that the authors don’t like what they see, and they think things were better in the past.
Whether or not work is worse now depends a lot on what outcomes one wants to be the focus. One thing that does