Anxy No. 2: The Workaholism Issue

Work isn’t just what we do—it’s who we are.

 But when does hard work stray into something addictive, controlling, and dangerous? We decided to investigate the realities of work in an issue filled with personal experiences, brave interviews, striking photography, and creative work. 

Here are some of the highlights. 



Featured Interview

Comedian Neal Brennan
“This is wrong. I should feel better than this.”

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Talia Herman on life, death and service
“All my life, that’s what I’ve done: take care of people.”

PERSONAL ESSAY

Amanda Rosenberg on mania
“I’m embarrassed to admit that I have purposefully summoned my mania, similar to how Nancy invokes Manon in The Craft, only fewer candles.”

 

DISPATCH

Zoneil Maharaj in Las Vegas
“Casino workers are surrounded by an orgy of distressing sounds—hundreds of digital slot machines ding ding ding-ing at the same time, excited gamblers, non-stop chatter. Police officers and paramedics don’t have many dull moments.”

EXPERIENCE

Teens under pressure
“I didn’t seriously consider mental health until my junior year of high school, when my school district lost four high school students or recent alums to suicide.”

EXPERIENCE

Abby Seiff and Pragati Shahi in Nepal
“My husband was ill and unable to work, so I had to go abroad. I thought about my family and my baby all the time. I wanted to return home, but how could I?”

THE UBER ECONOMY

Preston Gannaway and Lauren Smiley
“My friends think it’s awesome that I’m doing well money-wise, but they want me to do something else, because I’m wasting my potential.”

COMMUNITY

Chau Luong and Anxy readers
What are your strangest dreams about work?

Anxy No.2: 188 pages of captivating, meticulously-crafted storytelling that will change your perspective.

 

It Never Stops
Words by
Matthew Wyne
Illustration by
Richard A. Chance

Too Much Is Never Enough
Words by
Darlena Cunha
Artwork by
Livia Foldes

The Manic Mirage
Words by
Amanda Rosenberg
Illustration by
Jeong Hwa Min

My Son, My Savior

Words by
Kübra Gümüşay
Illustration by
Billy Clark

Every Day Was Striking
Words by
Kenneth R. Rosen
Illustration by
Max Löffler

What It Really Takes to
Be an Activist
Conversation between
Erica Baker,
Danny O’Brien,
Thenmohzi Soundararajan,
and Chase Strangio
Illustration by
Isabel Castillo Guijarro

Not Safe for Work
Words by
Jesse Hicks
Illustration by
George Wylesol

 

 

Your Body on Work
Words by
Anxy staff
Illustration by
Petra Eriksson 

The Psychology of Workaholism
Words by
Malissa Clark
Illustration by
Ori Toor


Fresh Pain, Old Wounds
Words by
Laura Reagan
Illustration by
Hisashi Ohkawa


But Somebody’s Got to Do It
Words by
Abby Seiff and Pragati Shahi
Illustration by
Petra Eriksson
 

Workers of the World
Compiled by
Hilda Hoy
Illustrations by
Livia Foldes   

Neal Brennan Can Finally Tell His Inner Voice to “Shut the Fuck Up”
Words by
Zoneil Maharaj
Photographs by
An Rong Xu

Man & The Machine
As told to
Lauren Smiley
Photographs by
Preston Gannaway
 

No Sleep ‘Til the Rent’s Paid
Words by
Zoneil Maharaj
Photographs by
Krystal Ramirez

 

 

Taking Care
Words and Photographs by
Talia Herman


High Pressure
Words by
Katie MacBride
and San Francisco Bay Area teens
Artwork by
Jao San Pedro  

Home Comfort
Words and Photographs by
Jana Ašenbrennerová

Accelerate
Poem by Musa Okwonga

Working Holiday
Words by
Sebastian Pranz
Translation by
Ben Knight

Tales From the Night Shift
Words by
Anxy readers
Comic by
Chau Luong

How Do You Know
You’re Overworking?
Words by
Sarah Hutto

The Survival Kit
Words by
Malissa Clark

Shelf Life
Anxy contributors recommend
their favorite books
about this issue’s theme.