Our personal histories shape the way we think about jobs, and our experiences at work can control—even dominate—our personal lives. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion happen all the time, whether you’re doing a paid job, voluntary work, or caring for family members.
Where does hard work stray into something addictive, controlling, and dangerous? Why are we working so hard? For many it’s to achieve something, to build a future. But sometimes work also helps us avoid the other things we've got going on. So: When you live on a spectrum between work and workaholism, what’s the real cost?
We’ve got interviews with people who are making their work struggles public, reporting and essays from around the world, and haunting photography. And that’s just the beginning: Anxy No.2 is 144 pages of beautiful design, astonishing art, and powerful storytelling.
Highlights include: Neal Brennan interviewed by Zoneil Maharaj, with photography by An Rong Xu; Talia Herman on life and death on the Russian River; Kenneth Rosen on anxiety and war; Amanda Rosenberg on the myth of mania; Preston Gannaway and Lauren Smiley on the uberization of work; and poetry by Musa Okwonga.
Plus stories, photography and artwork from: Jana Ašenbrennerová, Isabel Castillo Guijarro, Richard A Chance, Billy Clark, Malissa Clark, Petra Eriksson, Kübra Gümüsay, Jesse Hicks, Hilda Hoy, Sarah Hutto, Max Loeffler, Chau Luong, Jeong Hwa Min, Victor Mosquera, Hisashi Ohkawa, Sebastian Pranz, Krystal Ramirez, Laura Reagan, Jao San Pedro, Abby Seif, Ori Toor, George Wylesol, and Matthew Wyne.
And readers love Anxy: We know because they’ve told us. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for collecting these profound narratives"— S, from New York
"Sophistication… editorial intelligence… pure craftmanship in writing, editing and designing… brilliantly done"— M, from Austria
So why are we doing another Kickstarter campaign? We were so lucky to get lots of support in our last push. Today we've made great progress—and we are still dedicated to making excellent products, paying our contributors, and bringing their work to a larger audience.
But printing is expensive. Last time around, printing and shipping made up over 60% of the money we raised. If it's successful, this campaign will cover those costs, allowing us to spend more on the contents. You can read more about these breakdowns in the FAQs.
Overall, our goal is to get Anxy into every therapist's office. Supporting this campaign will help us get there.
Indhira Rojas is the founder and creative director of Anxy. She’s a partner at Anagraph, and has worked for publications and platforms including Modern Farmer, Atlas Obscura, The Bold Italic, and Medium.
Michelle Le, our director of photography, is an award-winning editorial photographer and photo editor based in the Bay Area; Jennifer Maerz, Anxy's editor-at-large, is program chief of The Lean Startup, a longtime music editor, and the former editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic.
Kati Krause, Anxy’s contributing editor, is a writer, editor, and magazine maker based in Berlin, and correspondent for Monocle; Senior editor Madison Kahn is the content lead at Light, and was previously senior editor at Medium and Matter.
Associate editor Katie MacBride is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and The Establishment; assistant editor Yu Vongkiatkajorn is a journalist based in San Francisco whose work has been published in Mother Jones, VICE News, The Guardian, and more.
Livia Foldes, is Anxy's senior designer and art director, as well as design lead at Anagraph. Alma Avila, our junior designer, is a graphic designer born and bred in Oakland, California. And Matthew Zampa is a writer, editor, and Anxy's editorial assistant.
We’re also lucky to have a group of mental health professionals and advisory board members who help guide the content around specific issues: Thank you to Natalie Harvey, Coley Williams, and Natasha Vianna.
Questions? We’ve answered a range of questions about the project in our FAQ. Go read!
Risks and challenges
We've tried to make the risks for this project as small as possible. We’re experienced makers, and we ironed out a lot of kinks when we made Anxy No.1. Our biggest challenges are probably related to unforeseen printing or delivery hiccups, but we’ve been working closely with our vendors over the last year to make sure that it doesn’t happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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