If there is one thing most of us non-.001%-ers have in common, it is work. Our 10th issue is dedicated to the intricacies of this mammoth part of human existence. Chelsea’s essay kicks off by prying apart the all-too-easy equivalency of work and identity: are you what you do? On this note, Kathryn points us to the things we forfeit in the name of work, and hints at how we can reclaim them. But as life floods us with mundane responsibilities, Devon’s poetry tugs us straight back into the darkly comedic tension between art and survival. This, too, is where Laura’s characteristically witty essay takes us: supply and demand have sidelined creativity, but the onslaught of job-automation might hold hope for closeted creatives…if society can get its act together.
Taking a step out of the fray are Patricia and Roy, whose essay and poetry observe work with a few degrees of thoughtful separation…there can be dignity – even harmony – in the daily grind, it might just take some distance to see it.
Four authors – Anastasia, Wendy, Julie, and Sandra – take a deep dive into the dark and choppy waters of women and work. Anastasia’s essay maps the thresholds of additional work taken on by women in the workforce – whether they know it or not – while Wendy’s poem paints a vivid example of this hidden burden. Julie’s razor of a poem takes us to a place that is uniquely work-intensive for women – the home – while Sandra’s essay turns us back to the workforce to look at how “choice” masks the insidious roots of the gender pay gap.
Finally, we end on two very different poems. Allison’s zooms in on a prescient issue: the critical work teachers and society must awaken to if we ever want to eliminate racism. And on the other end, Kathleen’s is an abecedarian look at the conundrums in scientific work.
Table of Contents
On Work and False Choices – Sandra Tzvetkova
Women in Corporate: Double the Work – Anastasia Buyalskaya
Money Talks but so do Thoughts – Kathryn Aedy
The View from the Office – Patricia Walkow
‘What do you do?’: How work hijacks identity – Chelsea Glincman
Art, Work, and the Robot Revolution – Laura Ellen D.
Freedom is Debt-Free – Laura Ellen D.
Day Jobs; in a dark landscape, receding – Devon Balwit
Vegas, Baby! – Wendy Hudson
We got us some work to do: America’s Educational Debt – Allison Kaye
Workmate John; Labor Day – Roy Moller
Adding Machines; Lab Test – Kathleen A. Lawrence
baby – Julie Hogg