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Infographic: Famous Authors and Their Weird Jobs

Weird-jobs-of-famous-writers-Chuck-PalahniukAll famous writers were born writing geniuses, but many still required day jobs while they found their way from obscurity to success.

Kurt Vonnegut sold Saab cars, and Harper Lee was a reservation clerk for Eastern Air Lines. J.D. Salinger worked as an entertainment director on a Swedish cruise liner. Charles Dickens labeled jars in a shoe polish factory, and was also a journalist.

Notably absent from the infographic is Hunter S Thompson, who worked as a security guard, caretaker, and was almost elected sheriff of Aspen, Co.

Speaking of Thompson, I think he would make a great start for an infographic on drugs consumed by famous writers. In his case, the answer would be "all of them".



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Tim Wilhoit July 31, 2015 um 8:40 am

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Thompson was responsible for some rather creative writing while he was Airman Thompson of the U.S. Air Force.

Nate Hoffelder July 31, 2015 um 8:46 am

Heh. Thanks for that.

Frank July 31, 2015 um 9:58 am

Ken Kesey working at a mental hospital most likely helped him to write "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest".

Maria (BearMountainBooks) July 31, 2015 um 2:20 pm

I see two successful janitors in the list. Perhaps that is where I should start my applications???

Sharon Reamer August 1, 2015 um 8:43 am

I thought I read (On Writing) that King actually taught high school English.

Janet Ursel August 9, 2015 um 8:46 am

Ten white, nine male. *sigh*

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