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Someone took my job–Airport writer-in-residence

August 21, 2009

I wanted this job. Or, at least, if I had thought of it I’d have wanted it. Alain de Botton is Heathrow Airport’s writer-in-residence for the week. There’s always so much to watch at an airport. Most everyone doing something they find important, away from their daily routine. Delays and crowds stressing some people to their breaking point, flight anxiety and unfounded fears mixing with excitement for others. The people who work there must see some strange things. And hours later the airport has an entirely new population of neurotic travelers.

De Botton apparently has free reign to explore the airport, and the end product will be both reporting and PR for the airport. One Financial Times commentator was concerned about that blurring of lines. But if you think about it, it’s not like he’s reporting on something secret–we all visit the airport and we can judge for ourselves if the writing is puffery for a corporate client. Anyway, wish it were me.