Writing this was cathartic. Thanks to for running it, and for all those who chimed in with similar stories. There are more of us than I thought
“I had a low moment, dwelling on how far I’d come down in the world. Then I snapped out of it. I haven’t come down in the world. What’s come down in the world is the business model that sustained Time Inc. I’m pretty much the same writer, the same guy”
My friend, head high, writing the hell out of it: RT : "It’s been healthy for me, a fair-haired Anglo-Saxon, to be a minority in my workplace, and in some of the neighborhoods where I deliver." on how he came to deliver for Amazon
"It’s been healthy for me, a fair-haired Anglo-Saxon, to be a minority in my workplace, and in some of the neighborhoods where I deliver." on how he came to deliver for Amazon, and what it's really like
Austin Murphy (), one of my favorite people ever at Sports Illustrated, has written more SI cover stories than just about anyone else. He's got a new book project here if he wants one.
What It’s Like to Deliver Packages for Amazon
Austin Murphy wrote cover stories for Sports Illustrated. Now he delivers Amazon packages. His reflection on his career touches on class, race, human dignity -- it's an extraordinary piece.
What It’s Like to Deliver Packages for Amazon - for people in their 50s, this is a viable path to take. Work is dignified, all work.
I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon.
This is a wonderful article by a brilliant writer who delivers packages. Whether or not our talents can pay the mortgage is largely an accident of history. I’m super lucky to be a data cruncher in the early 21stC.
“I’m pretty much the same writer, the same guy. I haven’t gone anywhere. My feet are the same.”
This article arrived like the Ghost Of Christmas Future for every journalist
Everyone in media should read this
Great piece, which inevitably got me wondering how I would cope if I had to make the transition from being a columnist to being an Amazon delivery driver. Not as well as I suspect
This is humbling.
"The hero’s journey...features a descent into the belly of the beast: Think of Jonah in the whale, or me locked in the cargo bay of my Ram ProMaster on my second day on the job, until I figured out how to work the latch from the inside.”
Great read about heroism, making the best of a difficult change, and pee. "Since then, as Jeff Lebowski explains to Maude between hits on a postcoital roach, 'my career has slowed down a little bit.'
From star magazine writer to Amazon delivery guy.
I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon.
Read, oh fellow freelancers, and tremble.
This longtime journalist for Sports Illustrated now delivers packages for Amazon
While there is a lot in here, I hope white people are pausing to consider how a black man is essentially telegraphing "don't worry I'm owned" by dressing in AMZN logos head to toe for safety.
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Seems to me we’re better off w/that Sports Illustrated guy delivering for Amazon now if this was his attitude toward journalism
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This is a good read, but the last paragraph mention of Grover Norquist seems odd.
This horrifically depressing.
This author sounds like a total mensch. Massively respect this pragmatism and ability to see the positive