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How I Sub-Contracted My Life (Comment j’ai sous-traité ma vie)



Original Language: French | 200 pp. | September 2017

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. French.


What would our life look like once it’s been relieved of all our daily chores?

Nicolas Santolaria has given himself the challenge to create a life without chores. For one year, he delegated the management of everything that weighs him down in every day life to specialized websites and online subscription services.

Housekeeping? A robot takes care of it. Grocery shopping and cooking? In a few pedal pushes, a delivery person drops everything at his door. Standing in line at the post office? Caretaker 2.0 sends someone to wait in his place. Growing plants? All you need is an app to have a green thumb. Writing an article for the newspaper he works for? He can have it done in 24 hours, and it will cost him 5 Euros. Flirting on dating sites? Even this can be left to a professional.

Entrusting others with the small and big tasks that usually keep us busy: this privilege, which until recently was reserved for the denizens of palaces, has become democratized today. Our smartphones now offer services tailored to all budgets and needs.

With biting humor, Nicolas Santolaria tells us of his motionless odyssey in the confines of self-denial and assisted laziness.

Nicolas Santolaria is a journalist and columnist for the “Époque” supplement at Le Monde. He is also the author of Touriste regarde où tu poses tes tongs (Tourist, Watch Where You Put Your Flip-Flops Down), an ecolo-comical travel guide (Allary Editions).