Event • Los Angeles

Virtual Event: Skylight Books with Raj Patel

Sarah Jaffe and Raj Patel join us to discuss Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone (Bold Type Books)

*Please note: this event will take place live on Crowdcast. RSVP here to join the livestream or watch the replay!

Event • Seattle

Virtual Event: Town Hall Seattle with Kathi Weeks

In conversation with professor Kathi Weeks, and with support from her book Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone, she examines the “labor of love” myth–the idea that some work is not really work, and should be done out of passion rather than pay. In a deeply-reported examination of this culture, told through the lives and experiences of workers in various industries, Jaffe reveals her belief that we have all been tricked into buying into a new tyranny of work. From the unpaid intern, to the overworked teacher, to the nonprofit worker, and even the professional athlete, she makes the case that the labor of love myth is a recipe for exploitation. In a conversation that is more imperative than ever as the lines between home and work blur to an indistinguishable degree, she asserts that understanding this dynamic will empower us to work less and to demand what our work is worth. And once freed from those binds, we can find out what actually gives us joy, pleasure, and satisfaction.

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Majority Report with Sam Seder

Sam and Emma host Sarah Jaffe to discuss her new book, Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone and how to build a better relationship with our labor. We’re live at noon ET.

Event • London

BBC Woman’s Hour

I joined the BBC Woman’s Hour show to talk about Work Won’t Love You Back and the latest crisis of retail work. 

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LaborWave Radio

Sarah Jaffe, author, labor journalist, and one of the hosts of Belabored Podcast, joins Laborwave Radio to discuss her new book, Work Won’t Love You Back published by Bold Type Books.

Event • New York

Author Sarah Jaffe on reimagining our relationship with work on Axios

American labor has long been stratified into blue collar and white collar, although the hues have never shone so brightly as they have during the pandemic. Axios Re:Cap digs into our changing relationship with work, and what might come next, with Sarah Jaffe, author of a new book titled “Work Won’t Love You Back.”

Event • Madison, WI

Central Time on Wisconsin Public Radio

What would you do if you didn’t have to work? The author of a new book makes the case that work-life balance is nearly non-existent in today’s world, where we not only need to work to live, but are also expected to feel passionate about our jobs. We talk with the author about how our expectations of work […]

Event • London

RSA Event Online: Work Won’t Love You Back

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, right? Wrong.

This neoliberal ideal of “doing what you love” is actually a recipe for exploitation that is wreaking havoc on our lives and communities. Whether it’s working for exposure and experience, or enduring long hours and poor treatment in the name of ‘being part of the family,’ many of us have fallen into the trap of making sacrifices for the ‘privilege’ of fulfilling work.