Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab

Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab

Melissa Plaut / May 27, 2019

Hack How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab I had always thought about driving a cab just thought it d be interesting and different a good way to make money But it always seemed like a fleeting whim a funny idea something I would never actu

  • Title: Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do with My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab
  • Author: Melissa Plaut
  • ISBN: 9780812977394
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • I had always thought about driving a cab, just thought it d be interesting and different, a good way to make money But it always seemed like a fleeting whim, a funny idea, something I would never actually do In her late twenties and after a series of unsatisfying office jobs, Melissa Plaut decided she was going to stop worrying about what to do with the rest of her life I had always thought about driving a cab, just thought it d be interesting and different, a good way to make money But it always seemed like a fleeting whim, a funny idea, something I would never actually do In her late twenties and after a series of unsatisfying office jobs, Melissa Plaut decided she was going to stop worrying about what to do with the rest of her life and focus on what she was going to do next Her first adventure becoming a taxi driver Undeterred by the fact that 99 percent of cabbies in the city were men, she went to taxi school, got her hack license, and hit the streets of Manhattan and the outlying boroughs.Hack traces Plaut s first two years behind the wheel of a yellow cab traveling the 6,400 miles of New York City streets She shares the highs, the lows, the shortcuts, and professional trade secrets Between figuring out where and when to take a bathroom break and trying to avoid run ins with the NYPD, Plaut became an honorary member of a diverse brotherhood that included Harvey, the cross dressing cabbie the dispatcher affectionately called Paul the crazy Romanian and Lenny, the garage owner rud to be the real life prototype for TV s Louie De Palma of Taxi.With wicked wit and arresting insight, Melissa Plaut reveals the crazy parade of humanity that passed through her cab including struggling actors, federal judges, bartenders, strippers, and drug dealers while showing how this grueling work provided her with empowerment and a greater sense of self Hack introduces an irresistible new voice that is much like New York itself vivid, profane, lyrical, and ineffably hip

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    1. Someone needs to write a book called How to Turn Your Blog into a Real Book, because a lot of the people who get blog-to-book contracts justn't. Which is not really surprising, and yet. It's sad to read a book and think, "Huh. This would be better as a blog. Oh, wait." Obviously, that's what happened here. This book has all the usual blog-to-book flaws - it's structureless and vaguely empty, without much focus or discussion of events. Plaut kind of wanders between the chronological structure tha [...]


    2. In short: Don't buy, borrow. This a library read. In long: This memoir reveals issues of prejudices and stereotypes typical in most any service industry job. It's unique in that it gives more intimate portrayals of New York City neuroses than most books (say, by bartenders) due to the added tension of being locked in a cab with the nutjobs and vulnerable to their whims. The author is a likable person & has a voice that will appeal to the well-educated liberal-arts set. She's analytical, as b [...]


    3. At 29, Melissa has been in and out of half a dozen office jobs, and she's sick of them, and sick of trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. And so she decides to take a step towards adventure, and applies for a license to drive a yellow cab in New York City.Hack is full of stories about what it's like to drive a cab. Both stories about crazy passengers, other cabbies, and what it's physically like to go through twelve-hour cab shifts. Hack is lively and compulsively readable.Hac [...]


    4. The next time I'm annoyed by a rude driver or am stuck in a traffic jam I'll remember how grateful I am that I don't have to earn my living as a cab driver, particularly in New York City. I certainly don't envy Plaut, but I definitely gained a whole new respect for these brave road warriors. It's no wonder her blog had so many hits. Melissa Plaut's book is full of interesting stories.


    5. Finished this in less than 2 days. Some of the taxi stories are funny. As a result of reading this, I will continue to be nice to taxi drivers and tip well. It's a hard living. The book was divided in chapters but the chapters didn't need to be there. It was like the publisher said "Oh another 25 pages have past, let's put a B&W photo of from your taxi and a Number." They weren't defined very well. I found myself skipping over paragraphs because the stories seemed to be so similar. She proba [...]


    6. This book is really a collection of short glimpses into the experiences of driving a cab in New York City. For me it was one of those quick reads between other books. To the extent one driver's experience captures anything about an industry it is interesting enough for a quick view of what goes on in the cab.As a book, the material could do with better organization and is lacking something to pull everything together. Still I don't think the author makes any pretenses about what this is and isn' [...]


    7. This little book gives great insight into what being a New York City cab driver is about. There are things most of us don't know about the taxi industry, such as the fact that there are huge holding pens for cabs at the airports where cabbies often have to wait an hour or more to get a fare back to Manhattan (then why are the lines at the taxi stand so long?). Melissa Plaut's narrative is informative, intriguing and utterly interesting from start to finish.


    8. I liked it. Good conversational tone. Real, unlike reality tv where people act for the camera. I wish her well with her next adventure.



    9. I can't remember if someone recommended this to me, or I stumbled on it with the NYC hook. It had been on Mt. TBR forever and then ever after I found it as a Kindle deal it took me a while to decide to read it and then I finished it in less than a week! I'm also fairly sure I didn't know until I started reading this that the author was from Rockland. Like one of her passengers, there's a not impossible chance that I know her, although the name isn't ringing a bell.Plaut is a few years older than [...]



    10. At the age of twenty-nine, Melissa Plaut was let go from her job at an ad agency. She found the layoff liberating instead of terrifying, freeing her as it did from a safe but utterly meaningless job where she felt distinctly like a sell-out. Having spent most of her twenties spinning her wheels at one safe job or another, she opted this time to pursue adventure. So it was that she braved the labyrinth of New York bureaucracy and the warren of traffic to become a New York City cabbie.Hack collect [...]


    11. "He informed us that there were 31 water crossings, 138 landmarks, 6,400 miles of streets, 11,107 street names in NYC. And we were going to have to learn as much of them as we could for the test. He also told us that the reason cabs were yellow was because the cones of the human eye see that color first." TLC: NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission"What's the best route to Shea Stadium from city hall? Where is the Sheraton Manhattan Hotel located? Which Central Park transverse is nearest to the chi [...]


    12. I actually ended up loving Hack Plaut is witty and honest, two things that don't necessarily go hand in hand. My impressions of the book going in was that it would be a collection of the stories she accumulated while on the job. While there were plenty of outrageous stories, there was also a lot of self-reflection. She talks about how, after getting over the initial excitement, the anger she felt from the job would overflow into her everyday life. It was hard to keep that rage in check. The smal [...]


    13. Hack provides a painfully honest, unfiltered look in to Melissa's life as a female NYC cab driver. It allows us in to see a very frank view of her life both in and out of the cab, and how the two worlds influence each other and occasionally collide.The stories are entertaining at first, but get more depressed (not depressing) and unorganized as time goes on. You can follow her growth as a person, but only because she is so openly brutal to herself. The narrative you'd expect from a book isn't th [...]


    14. The title says it all: "How I Stopped Worrying About What to do with my Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab." This book is written with an eye toward the Village Voice narcisist, fully emboldened and re-energized by the thought of a transition to a career in simplistic slumming (is the sequel going to focus on her experience at McDonalds?).Melissa Plaut commits the worst crime--she pursues a taxi driver career, not for pursuit of simplicity or adventure, but so she can write about it as if she [...]


    15. Melissa Plaut has been working one boring office job after another, and when she gets laid off from one she decides to actually go forward and seek adventure by driving a yellow cab in NYC. In Hack, Plaut takes us along her journey, from the endless application paperwork process, to the crazy instructor Frank, then to the streets of New York and all that they hold. She describes her most unusual passengers and crazy stories from other drivers. All along, she tries to find herself. I really liked [...]


    16. Full review: goo/4JyQ3ZMelissa relates here the perilous journey of a yellow-cab driver. I mean, driving a taxi may not be one of the simplest jobs as it may seem. It's not like in Crazy Taxi 3 where you would drop people off after you've caused a huge mess on the road, bumped into whichever solid or moving object that has gotten in your way, arrive late to destination and still get huge tips. No,it's way far from that. Driving a cab in NYC city is a synonym of being verbally assaulted and humil [...]


    17. What I learned from this book? I learned that it mostly sucks to be a cab driver--which didn't come as much of a surprise. I learned that there are almost NO female cabdrivers. I learned that you can enjoy a book while knowing that it will most likely leave no lasting impression on you."Hack" is less thoughtful than the subtitle would have you think, but it doesn't necessarily suffer for it. Plaut never touches on more than the surface of WHY she ended up in a cab, but after more than my share o [...]


    18. i came across this one lone copy at the bargain shelf at barnes and noble, and it was calling to me because i've been thinking of working as a cabbie to make money, set my own schedule, and get out of the house and see the world a little bit. this book made it seem very doable was a fast read even though it wasn't as heart-stopping as its claimed. it was written simply and straight-foward. the drama wasn't there, and kind of ordinary day-to-day for new york. the weekend drunks, some creepy neigh [...]


    19. This book began as a blog and sounds like one. I'm sure it was a fun blog to read, but in book form the story is shapeless and the writing isn't up to par. Granted, it would be hard to give shape to a series of anecdotes about driving a cab in any case, but the woman who wrote it has difficulty with direction and structure in her life, and it shows in the book. Also, she tries to be "brutally honest" about her anger issues and she just doesn't get me to empathize. She comes off as a real prick m [...]


    20. The premise is more exiting than the book. This memoir is lame. The author wants an adventure so she drives cab in NYC. She is from NYC suburbia so she has a basic knowledge of the city that most her fellow cab drivers have to learn on the job. She thinks she's a tough girl but she isn't all that because she has fallback positions, perhaps not pleasant but options that most of her fellow cabbies don't. Entitled & whiney is the tone of this book. I recommend it only for basic knowledge of how [...]


    21. The "blog-to-book" trend is getting out of hand! The concept behind this memoir of driving a cab in NYC sounded so promising, but falls short in the execution. The series of stories seem disjointed and few of them are memorable once you've closed the book. Some "blog-to-book" projects are able to retain their casual style of writing with out seeming amateurish ("Julie & Julia" for example), but "Hack" hasn't translated as well. Plaut's writing is frequently clumsy and reuses the same adjecti [...]


    22. Disclaimer: Yes, Melissa is my friend. And I wanted to buy the book instead of checking it out of the library in case she gets royalties or whatever.I honestly could not put this book down. There were times when, reading the book on my flight to Florida this week, I laughed out loud and annoyed the hell out of the lady next to me. I also really liked the "on-duty photos" that accompanied each chapter. The only downside is that I never got Melissa as a cab driver. Or Harvey/Helen for that matter. [...]


    23. Meh. I'm not sure what I was expecting but this didn't deliver. It would have been better as a blog as a precious reviewer noted. Which is exactly how it started. Sadly it never matured beyond that past getting printed with a cover.It quickly became repetitive and whiny. From talking about her own lack of direction but never expanding on it or giving anything if depth about herself. The stories all became the same. Either good people or bad people. Anecdotes loosely structured as chapters. Even [...]


    24. I usually love "occupational reality" books and was looking forward to reading this. I got about halfway through it and decided to give up. The information about driving a cab and the details of how it all works was interesting, and while the taxi driving stories were at first compelling, they got a little repetitive. Quite frankly, I expected a bit more in the way of odd or bizarre behaviorial stories, and while an incident would start out sounding interesting and different, it would then kind [...]


    25. I read Hack on a short road trip this past weekend. It wasn't incredibly interesting, but a fun read. Melissa has a dry sense of humor that I could relate to and it's always nice living different cultures through the words of other people. I felt like the book got a bit tedious at times and it seemed like I was reading the same thing over and over again because most of the stories are flat, but on the other hand it's not like I picked the book up to learn a huge life lesson. It's a quick, easy r [...]


    26. I just finished this book. I loved it. It gives you a different view on New York and the world. The book has a message running through it that you can do what you set out to with your life. If you make the best of the situation your in you'll be happy. It just resonates with doing what you want all the time as apposed to working your way to the top so you can have the free time to do what you want.


    27. A quick and not substantial read; it moves along quickly enough, but unfortunately I think this stands as an example of how some writing that works as a blog is probably less successful as a book. I never read Plaut's blog, but you can see how the immediacy of blogging probably made these stories more compelling as they happened. Without that immediacy, there's not a strong underlying narrative link or insights to provide a continuous through-line.


    28. This book swears like a drunken sailor, but considering that it's an autobiography of a New York taxi driver, I suppose that's to be expected. Lol. The tales of this woman's two years as a full-time driver were totally fascinating, though, and made me really want to tip my taxi drivers well (should I ever make it to New York, of course). I have such a new respect for this faceless army of people who do so much work in such a thankless, tiresome, and sometimes dangerous situation.


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