The “Sharing Economy” and “Casual Labor”

Sharing Economy

Over the last decade the meaning of the verb to share has been perverted. Look it up in the dictionary, and you’ll find words like apportion, divide, distribute, take part, receive equally. All those definitions make sense. Friends sharing a meal are taking part in a common activity. Two kids sharing the last cookie are dividing it (hopefully into equal parts) so that both can have their treat. There is also the sharing of a burden. Again, a task is divided into different segments and those involved pitch in to make sure the task it completed. Sharing is voluntary. Sharing means the creation of a community even if it’s just for the moment it takes to divide the cookie. It implies mutuality.

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Literary Ashland with Darrell James

Darrell James

Last Friday, June 26,  Ed Battistella and I interviews mystery author Darrell James on Literary Ashland. Darrell is a recent transplant to Ashland, OR, moving here from Tucson, AZ, via Los Angeles. He is the author of the Award Winning and multi-nominated Del Shannon series of mystery/thrillers that include: Nazareth Child, winner of the 2012 Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best First Novel; Sonora Crossing, and Purgatory Key, which was nominated for both the Anthony and Shamus Awards. In addition, his more than thirty short stories have appeared in numerous mystery magazines and book anthologies, and have garnered a number of awards. His most recent Little Earl short story appears in the MWA anthology, Vengeance, edited by Lee Child. For more information, visit his website.

 

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Literary Ashland with Clive Rosengren

Last November, Ed Battistella and I interviewed Clive Rosengren, Ashland mystery author and creator of Eddie Collins, part-time PI and part-time actor. Since the interview, the second Eddie Collins mystery Red Desert has been published. You can read more about it on Clive’s website.

Listen to the interview again and get some great background on Eddie and his cases. Clive is a retired actor and his insight into the Hollywood scene is a crucial part of his novels.

 

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