As COVID-19 reshapes our economy, our newsletter will help you unpack the news from the day.
Lately we’ve been asking our listeners to send us their stories about their very first jobs.
Author Jess Walter has been on the show a couple of times for his books The Financial Lives of Poets and The Beautiful Ruins, among others. He actually started working on his family’s cattle ranch when he was six.
But it was a very different job that he says really put him into the working world.
“When I was 15 I got a job as a dishwasher in an Italian restaurant. One of those classic restaurants with checkered tablecloths and the Chianti bottles with was melting down the sides of them.”
The experience gave him inspiration for his later career as a writer, including a particular old chef named Giuseppe with a penchant for old steak bones.
“When I was writing Beautiful Ruins, which is partly set in Italy, I kept trying to find a place to have a chef who coveted half eaten steak bones for his soup and it never found a place.”
Click the audio player above to hear Walter’s full commentary.
If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air. But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.
Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.
When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.