Merry Slackmas!

  It’s been a bit quiet around here (I’ve been busy enjoying my life outside the site) and clearly my sense of originality hasn’t improved but I hope everyone has a joyous day! One where they tell their boss to shove it, spend time with folks they love (or just enjoy the day by themselves)…

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Working, by Studs Terkel (BOOK ONE)

Working The Land Pierce Walker This chapter has a lot of logical progressions and it starts off with a solid choice as far as land laborers go: An old-fashioned (and self-described poor) farmer. Walker has “about five-hundred acres” to labor on and has lived where both his father and his grandfather worked the land. Tradition…

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Sickness and Slacking

They say write what you know (whose they?) and I’m doing that in spades today for this late original article entry. Basically, I’m sick. I tend to think I’m invulnerable and impervious to the effects of sickness around me but a few times a year I’m proven wrong (maybe cause I skip the flu shot).…

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Working, by Studs Terkel (Preface I-III)

Preface 1: Who Built The Pyramids? At least in this first part, it’s going to be easiest to break down the book from one interview to another. I’ll try to limit references to future interviews so as not to confuse anyone. I may make some callbacks as time goes on just to show what some…

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The Slacker as Detective

Lately I’ve been reading Murder on the Orient Express. Partially because I want to but also partially because my worst manager caught me bringing a book into the store. And so, for now, I’ve decided to rely on the only book in the store that I want to read. Now that I’ve had this situation…

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The Great Confinement [of the Idle] (From Madness and Civilization, by Michel Focault)

The passage below is specifically taken from The Foucault Reader, pp. 130-138. Any mistakes, grammatical errors, or other faults are mine.It this entire, rather undifferentiated mass at which the edict of 1657 is aimed: a population without resources, without social moorings, a class of rejected or rendered mobile by new economic developments. Less than two…

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