Synopses & Reviews
AS FEATURED IN THE OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTEST LIBRARY
Everybody knows a brown-noser when they see one. But how about a freeter? A workbrickle? A jack? Can they tell downsizing from greybearding or brightsizing?
With The Idlers Glossary (2008), Mark Kingwell and Joshua Glenn offered a spirited defense of leisure. As confirmed idlers themselves, they assured us their Glossary could provide everything you need to know about how to conduct a life.” Today, however, as we recover from the worst global recession since 1929, the work-world is a very different place. In order to understand it better, our anti-capitalist etymologists are therefore putting down their cigars, picking up their shovels, and drudging out English from the ditch of corporate jargon. For anyone whos ever had to moil for high muckety-mucks, The Wage Slaves Glossary is essential readingas the moral wit of Kingwell and Glenn is indispensable to the present age.
"A tiny, lovely book, beautifully designed and illustrated by Seth, delightful to pick up and hold in your hand"—Geist
"Exhausted demonstrators looking for the lightest reading they can find, at least in the literal sense, might want to pick up Joshua Glenn and Mark Kingwells Wage Slaves Glossary,” a nifty pocket-size volume also spotted on the shelves in Zuccotti Park. A follow-up to the authors Idlers Glossary,” the book provides energized Marxists and depressed Dilberts alike a witty guide to terms like air family” (the false sense of community among co-workers), afternoon farmer” (19th-century slang for someone who wastes the entiremorning), keeping up with the Joneses” (the title of a popular cartoon that first appeared in 1913) and on the wallaby” (Australian for tramping the country on foot, looking for work”), not to mention more self-explanatory terms. (Bossnapping,” anyone?)"
New York Times
"A fun dictionary of modern office idioms and new economy jargon."
"A wry brand of enlightenment ... a pocket-sized guide to the terms of paid labor."
"A light-serious compilation against capitalism run amok."
Globe and Mail
"The Wage Slaves Glossary is a grand and saddening tour of language past and present ... a labor of love, and worth your money and time." Michael LeddyOrange Crate Art
When The Idler's Glossary was released in October 2008 the world was on the cusp of experiencing its greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Depending on your sense of irony, this was either foolhardy or prescient. The Wage Slave's Glossary, a second volume of anti-economic etymology, comes as we climb out of recession, and continues to explore and challenge the interconnected world of work and leisure and labor and how the language we use continues to keep us in chains.
A second volume of anti-economic etymological revaluation, playfully continuing the authors' search for a new mode of thinking about work.
About the Author
Joshua Glenn: Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based journalist and scholar. He has labored as a bicycle shop manager and skateboard courier, a busboy and barrel-washer, a researcher and teacher, a handyman and house painter, a bartender and espresso jerk, and also as a magazine and newspaper editor. He lives in Boston.
Mark Kingwell: After some years of graduate studies in Britain and the United States, Mark Kingwell found he had inadvertently perfected a form of idling for which he could get paid. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, a contributing editor of Harper's Magazine, including the author of fifteen books.
(Pseud) Seth: Seth is the cartoonist behind the painfully infrequent comic book series Palookaville. His books include It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken, Wimbledon Green, Bannock, Beans and Black Tea, and Clyde Fans Book One. His books have been translated into five languages.