3About the Author 67 years old Born August 26, 1941 Isabelle Oxley and Ben AlexanderPh. D in Cell BiologyRockefeller UniversityWriterColumnistFeministSocialistPolitical activist
4About the Author Writes on social topics Social criticism 14 books Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America – New York Times BestsellerColumnist at New York Times and Time MagazineLives near Key West Florida
5Inside The Cult Being busy = being successful No more hobbys, but more than one careerMen attracted to busy successful women
6True SuccessPath-breaking scientists, best-selling novelists, and designers of new major softwareNot busyNo “To Do” listsAnything worth doing is worth doing wellBusiest people will never be successfulWaitressSuccess = surviving the shift
7Social ExperimentNickel and Dimed from the American Ruling Class
8Is it worth it? Busyness does not lead to success Success can cause busynessBusyness = less time for worthwhile activitiesCome so far to lose everything worthwhile
9Critical Thinking Questions “Success in United States culture is becoming more and more dependent on personal image. It doesn’t matter whether you’re any good at what you do as long as you say you’re good at what you do and look and dress the part.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?Over the past twenty years, the media have devoted considerable attention to Americans who are too busy to pause for breath. Yet it is likely that these career-fixated, time-obsessed people are still a distinct minority. The majority still follow the example of Homer Simpson: come home at 5:30, eat supper, and watch television. What have you observed about people and their attitudes toward work? Have you noticed any differences between the way women approach this issue of work versus leisure time and the way men do?
10Fight Club and The Cult of Busyness Tyler Durden: The things you own end up owning you.Tyler Durden: Do you know what a duvet is?Narrator: It's a comforter...Tyler Durden: It's a blanket. Just a blanket. Now why do guys like you and me know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival, in the hunter-gatherer sense of the word? No. What are we then?Narrator: ...Consumers?Tyler Durden: Right. We are consumers. We're the bi-products of a lifestyle obsession.Obsessed with Busy LifestyleTyler Durden on Modern SocietyTyler Durden: It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
11Vocabulary Pastime -agreeable activity Monologue – long speech by one actorTribulations – cause of sufferingIngestion - absorb something into bodyDistractable – attention easily caughtFey – irrational; supernaturalIncorrigible – unable to be corrected or changedConspicuous – attracting attention
12More Vocabulary Upwardly mobile – aspiring to higher class Insignia – official symbolNeurosurgery – operation on nervous systemUpscale - expensiveFeminization – make something suitable for womenShiftily - resourcefullyDispersion – distribution of valuesDemeanor – outward behaviorAdage – a saying
13Even More VocabularySlovenly - an offensive term meaning not concerned about conventional standards of personal hygiene and tidinessAcumen – sharpness of mind