“The Job Will Never, Ever Love You.”

Roxane Gay drops her own particular mic.

Ted Bauer
4 min readJun 17, 2024

Roxane Gay wrote a “Work Friend” column for The New York Times for a few years, and she’s outie-5000 on doing it now. Here is her final column:

Stowe Boyd also summarized the column and its contents:

Here are three of the final paragraphs:

And, frankly, a fulfilling and equitable professional life should not be the stuff of utopia. This should be our reality. It is astonishing to see how many people are so deeply unhappy at work, so trapped by circumstances beyond their control, so vulnerable to toxic workplaces and toxic cultural

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Ted Bauer

Mostly write about work, leadership, friendship, masculinity, male infertility, and some other stuff along the way. It's a pleasure to be here.