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The Wage Slave's Glossary Paperback – September 20, 2011
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"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 Kingwell’s Wage Slave’s Glossary,” a nifty pocket-size volume also spotted on the shelves in Zuccotti Park. A follow-up to the authors’ Idler’s 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 & Mail
"The Wage Slave’s 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
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"Work language is full of bull****, and ... passes itself off as innocuous or even beneficial. Especially in clever hands, the controlling elements of work are repackaged as liberatory, counter-cultural, subversive: you're a skatepunk rebel because you work seventy hours a week beta-testing video games. The manager is positioned as an 'intellectual', a 'visionary', even a 'genius'. 'Creatives' are warehoused and petted. Demographics are labelled, products are categorized. Catchphrases, acronyms, proverbs, cliches, and sports metaphors are marshalled and deployed. Diffusion of sense through needles complexity, diffusion of responsibility through passive constructions, and elaborate celebration of minor achievements mark the language of work. And so: Outsourcing. Repositioning. Downsizing. Rebranding. Work the mission statement. Push the envelope. Think outside the box ... "
Or later, on the sudden burst of "office comedy" novels in the past ten years:
"These books are hilarious, and laughter is always a release.Read more ›
So start casting off those chains and buy a copy!
(Plus not to be a shelf nerd but it looks great in my Seth section.)
For a while after the book came out, my review was the only one. Now, some uber-positive ones have been posted. There are now 4 others, besides my own.
A 5-star review from Ann Nocenti, who is a frequent contributer to HiLobrow.com, a site OWNED BY THE WRITER OF THIS BOOK.
A 5-star review from T. Nealon, who is a frequent contributer to HiLobrow.com, a site OWNED BY THE WRITER OF THIS BOOK.
The others? It can't be proven they are also friends of the author, because they use pseudonyms, but what are the odds they would ALL APPEAR ON THE SAME NIGHT, weeks after publication?
On October 15th, a negative review was written. 13 days later, ALL ON THE SAME NIGHT, 4 new positive reviews appeared, all of them were voted as "HELPFUL", and the one negative one was downvoted straight to hell.
Clearly, the authors saw my review, an honest one, and decided they wouldn't tolerate it. They opened up their email contact list, emailed some friends, and asked them to vote the negative review down and leave some positive notes.
To the followers of Hilobrow: The covert trashing of an honest review, and the leaving of fake reviews in a cynical attempt to sell more books - is that what are supporting by reading that blog?
Now for the review:
Forget the money - this book is not worth your time. A major disappointment.Read more ›