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August 02, 2001

Ex-Amazon employee Mike Daisey waited the requisite year for his nondisclosure agreement to expire. Then he launched a one-man show, "21 Dog Years: Doing Time @"

It sold out its spring run in Seattle and will head to New York City this month. A book is due next year. Fortune magazine went to Daisey for "tips on how the dissed and the gruntled can achieve a healthy catharsis," and a few of them follow:

  1. Don't hold back. "What they are is a cult," Daisey said of Amazon. "They take people and give them a belief system that they're owners in startup mode, and, if we invest as much blood and tears in the company (as they did,) they'll stand behind us."

  2. Employ salient facts. "Added together, all the money including stock, divided by total hours - I made about $6 an hour."

  3. Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. Daisey confesses that he wrote to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos frequently while worked there. The letters "read like a hybrid between an indictment and a really bad issue of Tiger Beat. They're all love letters. I think in a very real sense I'm in love with Jeff Bezos."

Source: Fortune

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