Labor Day, the 47-hour work week, and the problem with polls

How many hours do you work per week?
It seems like a straightforward question, and yet it’s less clear than it seems. For instance, which week? This week? Many Americans have today, Monday, off, so this isn’t a “typical” week. But what is a typical week?
I was thinking about this question when I read the results of a recent Gallup Poll. According to the L… read more »

Do you like Monday deadlines?

I’m working on a piece on the case for and against Monday deadlines. As a freelancer, I’ve been advised in the past to ask for Monday deadlines on long projects. The idea is simple: Most project managers/editors won’t deal with whatever you turn in on Friday until Monday anyway. So asking to have until Monday gives you wiggle room. You’ll aim to be done… read more »

School lunch: Better than you think

City Journal published my article on school lunch recently, “If you serve it, will they eat it?” The gist is this: a number of districts are doing some fascinating things to upgrade school lunches. This is partly in response to changing federal standards, but also in response to the foodie culture that’s taking over chunks of the food industr… read more »

What will you be doing at 9 pm?

Retale.com has a fascinating graphic up representing how Americans spend their time. Using the BLS data set I love as well, they show what chunk of the population is doing what at any given time.
It turns out that between 8 and 9 p.m., a third of the population is watching TV. What’s interesting about that is that the percentage of Americans who are workin… read more »

Musings on space

I like thumbing through Sarah Susanka’s architectural books in the “Not-so-big House” series. I interviewed her a few years ago for All the Money in the World, and have looked through those books far more than I do through the average book that a publisher sends me.
Somewhat ironically, around the time I interviewed her, my husband and I purchased a hom… read more »