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Alain de Botton: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

"It has become as impossible for us to think that you could be out of work and happy as it had once seemed impossible for Aristotle to think that you could be employed and human."   —Alain de Botton

Why do we work? How can we make work more bearable? How can it be part of a meaningful life? These questions motivated Alain de Botton to investigate the nature of work, spending two years with a documentary photographer to create his new book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.

Alain de Botton

In this Zócalo Public Square lecture, de Botton comes to the Getty Center for a thought-provoking discussion of work and of his book, a guide to the vicious anxieties and enticing hopes created by our journey through the working world—and by our belief that work defines who we are.

About Alain de Botton
Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and founder of The School of Life in London, is a philosopher and writer who joyously examines our everyday lives. His books—about love, travel, architecture, and literature—have been bestsellers in 30 countries.

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