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Leith on life: a freelancer goes back to work

people still seem to regard wage-slavery as a far less desirable condition than the freelance life

Events have taken an alarming turn. I have a job. A job job. A real one, where you go into an office and do things involving stationery. This is at once a great blessing—it’s a nice job: I’m editing the books pages of a weekly magazine—and a source of mild alarm. After six years earning my living, primarily, in an egg-stained dressing-gown, I can’t know for sure how I shall cope with being reintroduced to ordinary society. One hears a lot about the successes of captive-breeding programmes that reintroduce endangered species to the wild; rather less about the opposite…

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