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Book of Jobs Part 2

SUFFERING FOR ART

by Chris Auman

Even though I was no longer a DePaul student, in the fall of 1990 I went back to Phonathon for the third or fourth, but definitely final time. I worked the phones through the fall and winter with a new group of incoming students, so young and eager to raise money for their new school.

I felt weird raising money for a school where I was no longer a student so, capitalizing on my experience as a telemarketer, I was able to land a job at the Art Institute of Chicago. The work was very similar. Similar script, similar shifts, similar pay. The only difference was, instead of alums I was bothering former museum subscribers. The building was not on the museum campus but down the street on Monroe, or maybe Madison, but probably Monroe. I remember having to crawl out the window in the men’s bathroom for cigarette breaks on the fire escape and that the elevator in the building still employed a real live elevator operator, which was so old school that it was new to me. At any rate, by this point I was so sick of the telemarketing thing that I didn’t last long, maybe three or four months. One day I decided that I just couldn’t do it anymore, so I didn’t.

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Originally published in RW#23, 2014

RW #23

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