The Secret History of the Office

May 30, 2014

In a new book, the writer Nikil Saval uncovers a fascinating history in the most banal place: the office. Whether it’s the “dismal little cell” of Scrooge’s counting-house or the tricked-out, sprawling campuses of Google, Saval says the office holds the promise of respectability, utopian possibility and upward mobility. It can also be a place of soul-crushing tedium and conformity. Saval joins us Monday to explain where the office comes from, why it’s the way it is, and how it could be better.

Nikil Saval is an editor of the magazine n+1. His new and first book is called Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace [Amazon|Indiebound].