Chocolate and orange juice, lunch of workplace champions?


Remember the days of two hour lunches capped off with three olive martinis? Neither do we.

Breaking for lunch is going the way of the dinosaur, according toThe New York Times. But for anyone who has scarfed down cold soba noodles out of a styrofoam container while staring at a glowing screen — we'd venture to guess that's you — this isn't exaclty news.

Eating lunch at ones desk (dunching?) has long been the norm in many workplaces.After all, there's an entire blogdevoted to sad desk lunchs.

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Rather than implore you to take a break and walk around the block, we're going to embrace the pitiful desk lunch — for now — and offer some reading material to help you cope. Theseoutstanding books about modern workplace culture just may give us clues into how the inhumanity of the desk lunch became acceptable behavior.

"Personal Days" by Ed Park: If you must stuff your soul in a drawer each morning in order to tolerate going into the office, then this book has your name on it. In Park's stellar debut, as an unnamed New York company unravels, its employees grapple with the futiliy of their work and seek meaning beyond it. Think "1984" meets "Office Space."

"Sad Desk Salad" by Jessica Grose: Online media, Brooklyn, scandal, morality, and wilted arrugula: What's not to love? Grose follows the ascent and eventual downfall of one ambitious blogger who wants to tell stories, but winds up churning out clickbait.

"Cubed:A Secret History of the Workplace" by Nikil Saval:With open office plans/bullpens all the rage, the quait cubicle is arleady seeming a little dated. Saval threads pop culture with historical research trace how modern offices came to be, and how space shapes the world of the white-collar worker.

"Then We Came to the End" by Joshua Ferris: In this account of workplace culture, Ferris shines a light onto what's normal, and what's weird, about the place we spend so many waking hours. Astute, searning, and blindingly funny.

"The Circle" by Dave Eggers:At afictional massive Silicon Valley internet company (can guess which one its based on) one young woman discovers that her Disneyland-for-adults workplace isn't what it seems. Question: Does having a ping pong table in the office really make you happy to go to work?

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