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

Hack

By Melissa Plaut

After college, Melissa Plaut held a series of unsatisfying office jobs until getting laid off from an advertising agency at the age of 28.  Not wanting to return to an unfulfilling corporate career, she decided to treat life as a series of adventures.  Her first step: become a New York City 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.

 About the Author

Melissa Plaut was born in 1975 and grew up in the suburbs of New York City. After college, she held a series of office jobs until, at the age of 29, she began driving a yellow cab.  A year later she started writing “New York Hack,” a blog about her experiences behind the wheel. Within a few months, the blog was receiving several thousand hits a day. Plaut’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The Huffington Post.  She has also written and recorded stories for NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend America. She is currently working on her second book.

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