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.
“This is wrong. I should feel better than this.”
“All my life, that’s what I’ve done: take care of people.”
“I’m embarrassed to admit that I have purposefully summoned my mania, similar to how Nancy invokes Manon in The Craft, only fewer candles.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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?”
“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.”
What are your strangest dreams about work?
Anxy No.2: 188 pages of captivating, meticulously-crafted storytelling that will change your perspective.