Share or Die is the startling name of a fine e-book anthology subtitled Youth in Recession. The name comes from what a Jim, a homeless man, said to publisher Neal Gorenflo one morning. His description of that encounter and editor Mathew Harris’s follow up introduction brought tears to my eyes.
Drawn from guest posts on the Shareable.net site, Share or Die is luscious reading about how young adults are responding to the difficult economic times in both work and life, about how to create and move towards a more collaborative and different way of living from the rampant consumerism of the last two decades. You can read about the nomad who travels the world and earns a living with her computer, the comic artist who describes giving up the 9 to 5 world to pursue her dream, a description of the renewal occurring in Detroit, and a proposal for replacing the “corporate ladder” with the “lattice”. All the articles are lively, provocative, and memorable.
The articles are grouped into sections on life and work. They are also tagged as DIY (Do It Yourself), Original Art, Personal Narratives, and/or Analysis. Among the DIY articles is one I wrote on how to find and keep good housemates. While not quite a member of that generation, I’m thrilled to be part of this readable and thought-provoking e-book.
The book can be viewed on-line for free, or downloaded for a nominal price. http://www.shareable.net/share-or-die