Our Feb. 12 event: An Uber driver’s memoir

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Author Pat White will discuss Buzz Ride: Driven to Disruption, his inside look at being an Uber driver, during a Society of Midland Authors program on Tuesday, February 12, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. The discussion will start at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

After researching ride-sharing and other disruptive businesses for a possible Harvard Business Review article, Pat White (a pen name) went undercover to research how ride sharing affects commerce. Soon his business study warped into a study of humanity … and himself. Come along for the bumpy ride as this sharp-tongued observer shares the variously wild, dark, humorous and even touching side of Chicago nightlife. Follow this well-to-do, 50-something, father of two—with a Mercedes—as he drives Uber at night on Chicago’s tough streets. Some of the strangers he picked up were overprivileged, overserved millennials en route to their next thrill or wherever they were crashing for the night. Many treated him like he was invisible, making out, arguing, discussing sex and drugs, and lying to lovers on the phone about their whereabouts. Others asked him to join their partying or sought his counsel on intimate details of their lives. Still others were just looking to pick a fight.

Buzz Ride is published by Lake Claremont Press.