“The late novelist Kurt Vonnegut understood these costs. He once wrote about going to town to buy an envelope, though his wife sensibly suggested he save time and buy in bulk. ‘I’m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope,’ Vonnegut replied. ‘I meet a lot of people. And see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. . . . The moral of the story is, we’re here on Earth to fart around. And of course the computers will do us out of that.’ To that lament, DeMont’s lively and meticulously reported account serves as a heartfelt amen.”
“A Good Day's Work is a one-of-a-kind work and an important book. . . . as many Canadians as possible need to read it.”
—The Guardian (Charlottetown).
About the Author
JOHN DeMONT is the bestselling and award-winning author of Citizens Irving
: The Irvings of New Brunswick
, The Last Best Place: Lost in the Heart of Nova Scotia
and Coal Black Heart: The Story of Coal and the Lives It Ruled.
He has written for many publications, including the Financial Times, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus,
and Maclean's --
where he was Atlantic bureau chief for ten years. He is now senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle Herald
in Halifax, N.S. The author lives in Halifax, NS.