Last Updated on October 26, 2018, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 397
In “Taking Attendance,” Albom recalls his time in England covering the Wimbledon tennis competition. Albom is juggling a number of jobs for newspapers, television, and radio stations while in England; this has become routine in his life. On the stands in front of the venue, he sees tabloids that speculate about the British royalty. Looking at these articles, Albom finds himself recalling Morrie’s advice about not buying into a culture that fails to help you.
For many years, Albom has found satisfaction in his work, and only recently has he begun to realize that this is misguided. Now, when he looks around him, he sees people chasing the wrong things, like a group of tabloid photographers chasing tennis players and their celebrity girlfriends. One of them even knocks Albom down in his rush to get a photo. Seeing this tabloid culture, Albom recalls Morrie’s approach to life and how the professor focused on “human activities” like conversation and affection rather than “silly activities” like television sitcoms or celebrity gossip.
When Albom returns to Detroit, he discovers his union has gone on strike. He is suddenly out of work for the first time in years, and his union representative warns him against contacting his editors. Instead of covering sports, he is watching them at home. Although he had long prided himself on his newspaper column, claiming that it made him feel alive, Albom is discouraged to discover that no one seems to care that that the column is no longer in...
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