Anxy Magazine – Issue 2: The Workaholism Issue

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Anxy is a beautifully-designed magazine about our inner worlds. Each issue uses a central theme to build an original, insightful, and creative perspective through interviews, personal essays, reported features, visual stories, and recommendations. It's not a scientific journal or a self-help manual. We aren’t telling you how to “fix” yourself. We are Anxy. Aren’t you? 

Are we working hard—or are we working compulsively? Featuring: Neal Brennan, Talia Herman, Malissa Clark, Amanda Rosenberg, Preston Gannaway, Kenneth R. Rosen, Kübra Gümüşay, and more.

Work isn’t just what we do—it’s who we are.

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. 

Table of Contents

Featured Interview
Comedian Neal Brennan
“This is wrong. I should feel better than this.”

PHOTOGRAPHY
Talia Herman on life, death and service
“All my life, that’s what I’ve done: take care of people.”

PERSONAL ESSAY
Amanda Rosenberg on mania
“I’m embarrassed to admit that I have purposefully summoned my mania, similar to how Nancy invokes Manon in The Craft, only fewer candles.”

DISPATCH
Zoneil Maharaj in Las Vegas
“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.”

EXPERIENCE
Teens under pressure
“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.”

EXPERIENCE
Abby Seiff and Pragati Shahi in Nepal
“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?”

THE UBER ECONOMY
Preston Gannaway and Lauren Smiley
“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.”

COMMUNITY
Chau Luong and Anxy readers
What are your strangest dreams about work?

Anxy No.2: 188 pages of captivating, meticulously-crafted storytelling that will change your perspective.

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