Five More Insights to Work and the Workplace

By Toni Clayton-Hine, Chief Marketing Officer for Xerox

How does work gets done? Where does it happen?

I know how I will answer those questions, but I never tire of hearing how other people think about their work. That’s the basis of Project: SET THE PAGE FREE, which features 14 world-renowned writers and artists. It provides their views and memories of work and working.

Here, I reveal insights from five of our contributors. Some discuss their work preferences, others talk about the inspiration behind their contributions to Set the Page Free. I invite you to watch, listen and read.

Aimee Mann and Jonathan Coulton are singers/songwriters who collaborate often. You would think their work styles and preferences are perfectly matched.

You would be wrong.

She, a former waitress; he a recovering software company worker. Aimee believes collaborating in-person is a little too close; Jonathan says it’s easier to work in private so that fewer people hear his bad ideas. Listen to Lost in the Cloud, a song they wrote about the modern workplace, and watch their creative process at work.

Sloane Crosley was a horrible intern. (Her words, not mine.) She was also a professor, though not talented. (Again … her words … ) Today, Sloane is the author of bestselling essay collections. Despite her questionable contributions to the modern workplace, I don’t believe we could have found a better person to knit together the separate stories, screenplays, poems and music about the workplace from 13 other writers and artists.

Take a look at how Sloane’s journey allowed her to identify the organizing principals that unite each of the works that will appear in our collaborative book.

Jonathan Ames
Jonathan Ames is the creator the hit TV shows Bored to Death and Blunt Talk.

Read an excerpt from a screenplay Jonathan Ames(left) wrote for our project. The title: The Depressed, the Tormented, and the Sexually Disturbed. The scene opens with a man, in his late 40s, walking through the doors of the Rubinstein Psychoanalytic Institute for the Depressed and the Tormented. How’s that for workplace?

Billy Collins a former U.S. poet laureate, takes us back to the not-so-modern workplace of 1953. My Father’s Office, John Street, New York City 1953 is Billy’s nostalgic childhood memory of his father’s office.

The poem reveals the experience of the office, and leads us to reflect on the “paraphernalia of office life” – much of which has passed, and some that “refuse to be replaced or improved upon.” He talks about how Set the Page Free gave him another opportunity to put poetry in an unexpected place, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have found it here. Listen to Billy’s view of the workplace (modern or not) and consider the poetry in your work.

Learn more about all of the writers and artists who are contributing to Project: SET THE PAGE FREE. Read excerpts, watch videos, or listen to podcasts. We will add more content from more authors in the coming weeks, and we’ll pull it all together in a free book that we’ll release in late October.

In the meantime, please click the sign up button on our website, and we’ll send you real time updates on the project. You won’t want to miss a thing.

Learn more about these authors

Jonathan Ames
Billy Collins
Jonathan Coulton
Sloane Crosley
Aimee Mann

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