“Half our waking hours are spent on the job, consuming the lion’s share of our time. Our years are woven with stories of work told around the dinner table, breakroom, and bars. Yet these stories are rarely put into print, investigated, or seen as they should be; as part of workers’ activity to understand and change their lot under capitalism.
Lines of Work offers a rare look at life and social relationships viewed from the cubicle, cash register, hospital, factory, and job site. Drawn from the writings of Recomposition, an online project of worker radicals, the text brings together organizers from a handful of countries sharing their experiences with the trouble of working and fighting back.
Rather than professional writers or activists, the authors are workers reflecting on their experiences, aspirations, and how to improve our situation. Through storytelling, they draw out the lessons of workplace woes, offering new paths and perspectives for social change and a new world.”
Happy Birthday Recomp!
We turned 5! We’ve been working hard to look good for our birthday, so we’re launching a new site that looks all caught up with the times!
There’s still a lot of work to be done but we couldn’t wait to share and celebrate with all of you, our readers, contributors, and our own fellow editors.
Below you’ll find a piece written by John O’Reilly, and Monica Kostas that looks back on the past 5 years, and looks forward to another great 5 years for Recomposition.
Check it out!
Rage – contribution by M. Kostas
This week’s piece comes to us by fellow editor at Recomposition, Phineas Gage. In it, he analyzes three instances in different organizing scenarios where bluffing, whether premeditated or spontaneous, helped leverage reactions that would not have otherwise happened. A running theme through these experiences is the desire to struggle, but to struggle together, paired with the glaring fear that people won’t have each other’s backs when push comes to shove. His insight not only lets us in on the small details that can make or break actions, but also shines a light on how every step we take in our organizing, as in our life, is a gamble.
Our new book,Lines of Work, has been released by Black Cat Press. To celebrate the launch of the text, we’re having our first event in Minneapolis tomorrow 3pm Sunday 1/26 at Boneshaker Books located at 2002 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404. Three authors will be speaking about the text, our project, and reading from their contributions. Tour dates are to be announced in other cities with tentative events planned in Miami and Toronto confirmed shortly. Stay tuned for more information. Below we’ve included the back cover description of the text.