Want to know what it’s like working at The New Yorker back in the day? Janet Groth, a former receptionist at the magazine, worked there for 21 years and outlined the comings and goings, triumphs and tribulations of the 18th floor.

In her new book, The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker, Groth (now a college professor), dishes the inside scoop during her tenure from 1957 until 1978.

Groth told The New York Times her receptionist’s chair near the elevator provided her with “a bird’s-eye view of everything and a hot plate, which I brought.” Read more