For the End of the Work Week
April 18, 2008, 7:41 pm
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the moving target

What we have to loseConflict

When these lovely pieces appeared in my blog reader courtesy of Infinite Thought, I was immediately smitten. With speed being the name of the game in this electro-delivery world, I wanted to post toot sweet.  Then I realized I was a work, and held off from doing anything until the time was available. 

The God that Sucked

Want a way to think through the near-endless contingency and insecurity involved with working life?  Try your with these cards from the Almanac of Precariomancy, a nice primer on the terms and figures of market-mediated existence. Notice, interestingly enough, how gifts have no material place in the schema of unadulterated risk.  Only rewards figure in this arrangement of terms.

Interns built the pyramids

I could easily imagine a set of these cards appearing as promotions or subscription premiums for publications like The Baffler or its distant cousin in the UK, the Idler.  They even have something of a Baffler-esque aesthetic, harkening, notably, to covers for issue numbers 9 (“Workplace: An Injury to All”) and 14 (“The God that Sucked”), to say the least of any Idler cover.  They could also make perfect accessories for risky parlor games or lunchtime picnics.

As pieces of contemporary folklore, these are the closest things I have noticed continental Europe having to Mexican loteria cards.  If you could only interpret relationships between the cards in the Mexican game other than with respect to their random placement on the naipes (game boards), the relationship between the two would perhaps be more than imaginary or darkly speculative.

The Almanac of Precariomancy’s website has a complete description of the card set, along with a guide to its use.

Feeling lucky?


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