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Layoff lit: in publishing, sudden unemployment begets a fashionable genre. How two victims handled their career crashes

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The advice the authors offer is to slow down from the multitasking careerist frenzy and attend to family, friends and inner life. Admittedly, that is harder to do when you are still on the career track. There is also that small matter of money. As they conclude their books, the authors are edging back into journalism, albeit a less frantic version of it. "Once a workaholic, always a workaholic," writes Kravitz. "But I pledge to slow down and turn off the treadmill before I start getting overwhelmed, and to schedule regular periods of silence and reflection so that I can quiet my fears and count my blessings."

Let's hope. But even if a graceful, unrushed life is unrealistic in the workplace, the authors convince us that there is satisfying life off the fast track. You just pray it never actually comes to that.

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