Work Stew is a collection of original essays and in-depth interviews. To learn more, please visit the FAQ.
New essays and interviews will be added regularly, so please check in often. Or you can sign up to receive email notifications of new content—look for the button at the bottom right of the site.
A brief history:
The site was launched in January 2011, when I published “Random Acts of Business,” an essay about extraordinarily long hot dogs, True Believers, and my lifelong quest for flow. Since then more than 55 other essays have been added to the mix.
You can view a complete list of contributors here. To date, the Top Ten Readers’ Favorites* are (in alphabetical order):
Molly Bishop Shadel A law professor writes about juggling her wide-ranging legal career with a personal life.
Gerald Casale A founding member of the ground-breaking and enduring band Devo reflects on what constitutes “work.”
Samantha Cole A prep school grad embraces her “inner laborer.”
Ronald J. Granieri An historian pulls back the ivy to reveal what life in academia is really like.
Tasha Huebner A self-employed Wharton grad takes a hammer to the old chestnut, “Do what you love, and the money will come.”
Meg Heimovics Kumin A software developer reboots after three babies and two family crises and emerges as a photographer.
Gopi Kallayil A Googler ponders the power of intention after an idea scribbled on a piece of paper almost immediately springs to life.
Lindsay Moran Following the Abbottabad raid, an ex-spy reflects on her decision to leave the CIA.
Rhino A soldier describes what it’s like to come home, including what goes through his mind when someone says to him, “Thank you for your service.”
Terri Rowe A longtime factory worker reveals the secret identity that has sustained her since she was four years old.
If you’re interested in submitting an essay of your own, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear your story.
Kate Gace Walton
Editor, Work Stew
*Note: ‘Readers’ Favorite’ is a pretty subjective designation based on page views, shares, comments, and the volume of love/hate mail each essay has so far inspired. So, read all the essays; as they say, your mileage may vary.