Not Working


Author: Lisa Owens

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492978991

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 2732

Claire ist Mitte zwanzig und hat ihren ersten Job gerade erst begonnen, da kündigt sie ihn wieder. Nimmt man das Projekt Selbstverwirklichung ernst, findet sie, dann war es nicht der richtige. Apropos der Richtige: Freund Luke ist gut aussehend, nett und von Beruf wegen Leben rettend. Wäre jetzt nicht ein guter Zeitpunkt, um Kinder zu kriegen? Schon, sagt Claire, aber muss man nicht erst sein eigenes Leben auf die Reihe bekommen, bevor man ein anderes in die Welt setzt? Humorvoll, kurzweilig und voller Lebensweisheit: »Not working« ist wie ein Glas Wein mit der besten Freundin.

Not Working

Why We Have to Stop

Author: Josh Cohen

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1783782072

Category: Psychology

Page: N.A

View: 3040

'To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world.' Oscar Wilde More than ever before, we live in a culture that excoriates inactivity and demonizes idleness. Work, connectivity and a constant flow of information are the cultural norms, and a permanent busyness pervades even our quietest moments. Little wonder so many of us are burning out. In a culture that tacitly coerces us into blind activity, the art of doing nothing is disappearing. Inactivity can induce lethargy and indifference, but is also a condition of imaginative freedom and creativity. Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen explores the paradoxical pleasures of inactivity, and considers four faces of inertia - the burnout, the slob, the daydreamer and the slacker. Drawing on his personal experiences and on stories from his consulting room, while punctuating his discussions with portraits of figures associated with the different forms of inactivity - Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, Emily Dickinson and David Foster Wallace - Cohen gets to the heart of the apathy so many of us feel when faced with the demands of contemporary life, and asks how we might live a different and more fulfilled existence.

Who's Not Working and Why

Employment, Cognitive Skills, Wages, and the Changing U.S. Labor Market

Author: Frederic L. Pryor,David L. Schaffer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794398

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 316

View: 7171

This 1999 book explains why wages have become unequal, why wages in high-skilled jobs have risen while others have stagnated or fallen.

Not Working

Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?

Author: David G. Blanchflower

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0691181241

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 456

View: 4729

A candid assessment of why the job market is not as healthy as we think Don't trust low unemployment numbers as proof that the labor market is doing fine--it isn't. Not Working is about those who can't find full-time work at a decent wage--the underemployed--and how their plight is contributing to widespread despair, a worsening drug epidemic, and the unchecked rise of right-wing populism. In this revelatory and outspoken book, David Blanchflower draws on his acclaimed work in the economics of labor and well-being to explain why today's postrecession economy is vastly different from what came before. He calls out our leaders and policymakers for failing to see the Great Recession coming, and for their continued failure to address one of the most unacknowledged social catastrophes of our time. Blanchflower shows how many workers are underemployed or have simply given up trying to find a well-paying job, how wage growth has not returned to prerecession levels despite rosy employment indicators, and how general prosperity has not returned since the crash of 2008. Standard economic measures are often blind to these forgotten workers, which is why Blanchflower practices the "economics of walking about"--seeing for himself how ordinary people are faring under the recovery, and taking seriously what they say and do. Not Working is his candid report on how the young and the less skilled are among the worst casualties of underemployment, how immigrants are taking the blame, and how the epidemic of unhappiness and self-destruction will continue to spread unless we deal with it.

Not Working

Latina Immigrants, Low-wage Jobs, and the Failure of Welfare Reform

Author: Alejandra Marchevsky,Jeanne Theoharis

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081475709X

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

View: 8333

Originalism is the practice of reviewing constitutional cases by seeking to discern the framers' and ratifiers' intent. Original Sin argues that the "jurisprudence of original intent," represented on the current Supreme Court by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, has failed on its own terms. Attempts to determine the framers' intent have not brought greater determinacy and legitimacy to the process of constitutional interpretation. Instead, the method has been marked by the very flaws—including self-interested reasoning and the manipulation of doctrine—that originalists argue marred the jurisprudence of the judicial "activists" of the Warren Court. Original Sin brings a rigorous review of the performance of the "new originalists" to the debate, applying their methodology to real cases. Marcosson focuses on the judicial decisions of Clarence Thomas, an avowed originalist who nevertheless advocates "color blind" readings of the Constitution which are at odds with the framers' ideas concerning anti-miscegenation and other laws. After critiquing what he sees as a troubling use of originalism and explaining why it has failed to provide a consistent basis for constitutional decision-making, the author goes on to offer an alternative approach: one that lends greater legitimacy to the Court's interpretations of the Constitution.

Not Working

People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today's Changing Economy

Author: DW Gibson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101613440

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 988

Poignant true stories of resilience, determination, and the search for fulfillment Inspired by Studs Terkel's Working and by James Agee and Walker Evans' Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, DW Gibson sets off on a journey across the United States to interview Americans who have lost their jobs. Here is the mortgage broker who arrived at work to find the door to his office building padlocked, the human resources executive who laid off a couple hundred people before being laid off herself, the husband who was laid off two weeks after his wife learned she was pregnant, the wife who was forced to lay off her husband. In telling the stories of people who could be our neighbors, our friends, our relatives, Not Workingholds up a mirror to our times, showing us the individuals behind the unemployment statistics—their fears and hopes—and offering a map for navigating our changing economy. With an extraordinary mix of pathos, anger, solidarity, and humor, it brings clarity—and humanity—to the national conversation. For information about the companion documentary film, Not Working: The Pulse of the Great Recession, please visit From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Black Actor's Guide to Not Working

Journal and an Original Screenplay.

Author: Darrell Kiedo

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462840618

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 9359

"The Black Actors the personal journey of Actor/Comedian Darrell Kiedo as recorded in his journal. The personal tale of one mans struggle to pursue his dream. It is a hard hitting look at the entertainment business from a black actors perspective, funny and poignant it will open your eyes to an industry that continues to close doors to performers of color while shouting diversity from their studio boardrooms. The book also includes the screenplay " Before The Dawn " a dynamic story of a young black gangmember struggling for a way off the streets and into a better life. The films message of hope and opportunity despite ones circumstances is sure to inspire people around the world. Before The Dawn an original film was written by actor/comedian/writer Darrell Kiedo. For more information: Darrell Kiedo may be contacted at Hagan International Media Inc.: Beverly Hills, Ca. 90210. Ph. 323-451-2805 Additional Information available at,, or

The Mirror Is Not Working

Author: Gene Bert

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1438977018

Category: Fiction

Page: 148

View: 3489

It took the passing of an old friend to get Zach Barron back together with his first love. When he pulled into the old rickety funeral parlor he had no idea his days of peace and quiet would be shattered in more ways than one. The soft voice of Nicky standing behind him gave him chills down his spine. Time couldn't shadow the enchantment he felt in his heart. After a brief re-acquainting, Zach agrees to escort Nicky to New Jersey for a wedding. When Nicky and the bride fail to return from the beach, Zach explodes into action before something terrible happens. His search takes him to New York where he completely undermines an F.B.I. ongoing investigation. He endangers the lives of not only himself but of Nicky and the bride, the F.B.I agents, and others as he stirs up a sleeping terrorist cell. They manage to escape driving to Annapolis Maryland only to realize they are the hunted. Terrible consequences await them. Zack has to keep vigilant and rely on his training and a sharp mind to keep them alive. When Zach uncovers a plot for a National tragedy, he enlists his rivals in the F.B.I, as well as the coast guard, and the air force for help. Gene Bert certainly rivets together the romance, action, suspense and characters in this fast paced edge of your seat thriller. Gene Bert draws upon a combination of personal experience, recent events and imagination to bring his works to life.

The Way We're Working Isn't Working

Author: Tony Schwartz,Catherine McCarthy, Ph.D.,Jean Gomes

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0857200496

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 9801

This is the paperback edition of 'The Way We're Working Isn't Working'. Through his years of intensive work consulting to companies including Procter & Gamble, Sony, Toyota, Microsoft, Ford and Ernst & Young, with his firm The Energy Project, Schwartz has developed a powerful program for changing the way we are working that greatly boosts our engagement and our satisfication with our work and increases our performance. In this book he marshalls a wide range of powerful evidence from business research and psychology that shows that the current model of work is not only not optimal, it is specfically counter-productive because it saps us of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy. In order for us to perform at our best, we must make a set of key changes in our work lives -- and in order to develop the full potential of their work force, our managers and companies must institute changes that will provide us with the regular physical renewal, emotional reward, mental focus and stimulation; and sense of purpose and significance that we need.

Time Without Work

People who are Not Working Tell Their Stories, how They Feel, what They Do, how They Survive

Author: Walli F. Leff,Marilyn G. Haft

Publisher: South End Press

ISBN: 9780896081857

Category: Political Science

Page: 403

View: 9205

Out of work American men and women discuss their problems and experiences and describe the impact of unemployment on their lives

More Like Not Running Away

A Novel

Author: Paul Shepherd

Publisher: Sarabande Books

ISBN: 1936747189

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

View: 371

An “extraordinary first novel” about a father trying to escape the past and a son lost in a world of imaginary voices—winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize (Booklist). Levi Revel is a boy in danger of losing his family and maybe his mind. He’s in awe of his father, Everest—a majestic dreamer, a master builder, a man with a violent, secret past. As the family moves from state to state, Levi hears solace in the voice of God, a voice that sends him preaching from treetops and roofs. But as the family begins to fall apart and Levi enters adolescence, he starts to hear more troubling things. When Everest takes him on a high-speed, cross-country chase to win back Levi’s mother—by force if necessary—Levi realizes how much danger they all are in. Tender and frightening, More Like Not Running Away takes readers across America, through the eyes and ears of a child whose family is haunted by a past they can’t outrun. “Shepherd’s family-in-decline frames an impressive father-son character study.” —Publishers Weekly “This extraordinary first novel about the blood ties that bind fathers and sons packs such emotional power that reading it is like sustaining repeated blows to the heart.” —Booklist “Shepherd is a master craftsman, and the subtlety of his art, the unassuming elegance of its architecture, rendered me spellbound and finally grateful.” —Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul “A riveting exploration of what it is to be an outsider even in your own head. Shepherd has written a gripping story of childhood angst—psychologically thrilling, lyrically exact.” —Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction

It's Not Working, Brother John

25 Things that Close the Windows of Heaven

Author: John F. Avanzini

Publisher: His Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780892748983

Category: Christian life

Page: 217

View: 7915

Television preacher John Avanzini puts forward 25 reasons why he believes prayers are not answered, most of them having to do with faulty actions or beliefs on the part of the petitioner.

The Joy of Not Working

A Book for the Retired, Employed, and Overworked

Author: Ernie John Zelinski

Publisher: Springer Science & Business

ISBN: 9781580085526

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 223

View: 8265

In this completely revised and expanded edition, readers will learn how to create an excellent work/life balance by working less, producing more, and being more leisurely.

When Life's Not Working

7 Simple Choices for a Better Tomorrow

Author: Bob Merritt

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441214062

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 4810

Life is hard--for everyone. No matter how gifted or fortunate, everyone will experience some level of disappointment in life: difficult classes, jobs, relationships, and losses. But by following basic disciplines anyone can experience accomplishment, freedom, and ease in navigating through life's daily challenges. In this positive, insightful book, Bob Merritt describes a set of universal principles that work for everyone in every stage of life, showing that what we do today determines who we become tomorrow. Anyone who has experienced pain or confusion from lost opportunities, broken relationships, or a nagging sense of emptiness will treasure this book that shows them that the best of life has not passed them by.

Dead Aid

Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa

Author: Dambisa Moyo

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429954259

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 1052

In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? No. In fact, across the continent, the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it, but worse—much worse. In Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined—and millions continue to suffer. Provocatively drawing a sharp contrast between African countries that have rejected the aid route and prospered and others that have become aid-dependent and seen poverty increase, Moyo illuminates the way in which overreliance on aid has trapped developing nations in a vicious circle of aid dependency, corruption, market distortion, and further poverty, leaving them with nothing but the "need" for more aid. Debunking the current model of international aid promoted by both Hollywood celebrities and policy makers, Moyo offers a bold new road map for financing development of the world's poorest countries that guarantees economic growth and a significant decline in poverty—without reliance on foreign aid or aid-related assistance. Dead Aid is an unsettling yet optimistic work, a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa. And it is a clarion call to a new, more hopeful vision of how to address the desperate poverty that plagues millions.

Bullshit Jobs

Vom wahren Sinn der Arbeit

Author: David Graeber

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608115064

Category: Political Science

Page: 560

View: 9398

Ein Bullshit-Job ist eine Beschäftigungsform, die so völlig sinnlos, unnötig oder schädlich ist, dass selbst der Arbeitnehmer ihre Existenz nicht rechtfertigen kann. Es geht also gerade nicht um Jobs, die niemand machen will, sondern um solche, die eigentlich niemand braucht. Im Zuge des technischen Fortschritts sind zahlreiche Arbeitsplätze durch Maschinen ersetzt worden. Trotzdem ist die durchschnittliche Arbeitszeit nicht etwa gesunken, sondern auf durchschnittlich 41,5 Wochenstunden gestiegen. Wie konnte es dazu kommen? David Graeber zeigt in seinem bahnbrechenden neuen Buch, warum immer mehr überflüssige Jobs entstehen und welche verheerenden Konsequenzen diese Entwicklung für unsere Gesellschaft hat. Im Jahr 1930 sagte der britische Ökonom John Maynard Keynes voraus, dass durch den technischen Fortschritt heute niemand mehr als 15 Stunden pro Woche arbeiten müsse. Fast ein Jahrhundert danach stellt David Graeber fest, dass die Gegenwart anders aussieht: Die durchschnittliche Arbeitszeit ist gestiegen und immer mehr Menschen üben Tätigkeiten aus, die unproduktiv und daher eigentlich überflüssig sind – als Immobilienmakler, Investmentbanker oder Unternehmensberater. Es sind Jobs, die keinen sinnvollen gesellschaftlichen Beitrag leisten. Es sind Bullshit-Jobs. Warum bezahlt eine Ökonomie solche Tätigkeiten, die sie nicht braucht? Wie ist es zu dieser Entwicklung gekommen? Und was können wir dagegen tun? David Graeber, einer der radikalsten politischen Denker unserer Zeit, geht diesem Phänomen auf den Grund. Ein packendes Plädoyer gegen die Ausweitung sinnloser Arbeit, die die moralischen Grundfesten unserer Gesellschaft ins Wanken bringt.