The Murdering of My Years: Artists & Activists Making Ends Meet

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Soft Skull, 2003 - Business & Economics - 245 pages
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Looking back on their lives, people often ask themselves "Where did the years go?" "The Murdering of My Years: Artists and Activists Making Ends Meet provides a wide ranges of provocative answers to that question. Edited in the style of a documentary, "The Murdering of My Years is a compendium of stories by activists and artists about how they manage to get by in America. They talk about the jobs they've had (as cabbies, organizers, waitresses, clerks, drivers taking scabs to secret scab trainings, telemarketers, etc.), how they were initially politicized, the nature of their art, and how they feel about working (or resistance to working) in a political context. The stories range from the absurd to the heartbreaking, from the exciting and strange to the depressingly banal. The book examines the pain, disillusionment, and fundamental hopelessness that afflict many workers. It also tells stories or triumph, joy, and subversion in the workplace.

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The title of Soft Skull's latest Soft Skill book is taken from Charles Bukowski, who said of wage labor:"I couldn't understand the murdering of my years." A struggling activist/artist, Z. found that ... Read full review

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