CFP: Essays, Interviews, Reviews, Art, Photography, Fiction, and Poetry on "Work" (8/31/05; e-journal issue)

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The Editors at Your Black Eye: An e-Journal for Critical Consciousness, are pleased to announce the publication of our second issue, available now at We currently invite submissions for our third issue, with particulars as follows:



The theme for the third issue is "Working." The sub-theme is "Werkel."

For the main theme, we invite submissions from any perspective and any genre that directly or indirectly treat the idea of
work—see basic submission guidelines below.

For the sub-theme, we have in mind short pieces like those found in Studs Terkel's classic book, Working (1972), and
the similar but more contemporary Gig (2000), edited by John Bowe, Marisa Bowe, and Sabin Streeter. Both books
provide short, first-person narratives in which, as Terkel's subtitle states, "people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do."

We would be interested in receiving recordings of spoken word performances, rants, rap, and original music.

Your Black Eye has a rolling submissions policy; however, to receive full consideration for the second issue, please submit
by August 31, 2005. We appreciate early submissions.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Inquiries and submissions can be made electronically through



Text: 5000 words or less, any genre, including: interviews, essays, fiction, poetry, hybrid forms, and reviews (music,
movies, and events) in an MS Word format.

Photos, Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings: (jpg, bmp, gif).

Videos: 10 minutes or less in Real Player or Windows Media Player formats.

Music: 10 minutes or less (mp3, wmv).

Hypertext submissions may be feasible: please inquire.

ALL submissions should have your name in the subject line and in the name of your file. For example, Subject line:
Dick Cheney – Submission. Filename: "dick.doc"


If you would like to propose interview someone or simply propose an interview subject for an upcoming issue, please correspond with us through


Essays about any topic are welcome; but we prefer essays that are related topically to an upcoming issue theme.


Poetry and Fiction—any style and about any topic—is welcome. However, we especially welcome works that are
topically related to an upcoming issue theme.


We welcome image files of original art and photography. We prefer several, related pieces from a contributor, that are related to the tone of the Journal and theme of the issue.


Reviews Sought

The review editor for the third issue will be Daniel Liam Singer. Below are items we would like to see reviewed. If you have something else in mind, send us a quick query ( We particularly encourage reviews of any
material related to the upcoming issue's theme: Work. Due to limited funds, we encourage you to secure your own copies of books, films, etc. for review. Infrequently, we can request and receive review copies.


A contemporary review of The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorsten Veblen

A close reading of the first chapter of the first volume of Capital by Karl Marx.

The Labor Relations Process (2004) by William Holley et al.

The in/famous text, Compensation (8th Edition, 2004) by George Milkovich and Jerry Newman.


Immigrants, Unions, and the New U.S. Labor Market (2005) by Immanuel Ness

Moving Up or Moving On: Who Advances in the Low-Wage Labor Market (2005) by Fredrik Andersson, et al.

Poor Workers' Unions: Rebuilding Labor from Below (2005) by Vanessa Tait

The Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border (2005) by David Bacon

The Life and Times of Lepke Buchalter: America's Most Ruthless Labor Racketeer (2005) by Paul R Kavieff

Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China (2005) by Mary Elizabeth Gallagher

The Business of Genocide: The SS, Slave Labor, and the Concentration Camps (2005) by Michael Thad Allen

Gender In Motion: Divisions Of Labor And Cultural Change In Late Imperial And Modern China (Asia/Pacific/Perspectives) (2005) by Bryna Goodman, Wendy Larson, Editors

A. Philip Randolph: The African-American Labor Movement (2005) by Calvin Craig Miller

Perspectives on the History of the South (2005) by John David Smith and Timothy J. Minchin

Asian Labor In The Wartime Japanese Empire: Unknown Histories (2005) by Paul H. Kratoska, Editor

Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun On The Job (2005) by Dennis W. Bakke, Dennis Bakke

Get 'em While They're Hot: How to Attract, Develop, and Retain Peak Performers in the Coming Labor
Shortage (2005) by Tony Zeiss

Labor Embattled: History, Power, Rights (The Working Class in American History) (2005) by David Brody

Marx's Labor Theory of Value: A Defense (2005) by Roy West

The Rules of Work: The Unspoken Truth About Getting Ahead in Business (2005) by Richard Templar

International Labor Migration: Foreign Workers and Public Policy (2005) by David Bartram

Why Globalization Works (2005) by Martin Wolf

Moving gently away from the Academy, we note that we do not have Howard Zinn on this list, but we would welcome a comparison between Zinn's now ubiquitous approach and an attempt to put that approach into a more accessible form.

As in: People's Century: The Ordinary Men and Women Who Made the Twentieth Century () by Godfrey Hodgson
and based on the PBS series, People's Century, available on VHS at most public libraries.

We would welcome insights into any of the "Work" books by David Macaulay, including but not limited to: Cathedral (1981); Castle (1982); City (1983); Pyramid (1982); Unbuilding (1987); Mill (1989); Ship (1995) and Mosque (2003).


Of the films coming out in the next few months, we would be most interested into views on a very specific shibboleth of a singular profession. This movie is not for the feint of heart.

The Aristocrats by Paul Provenza


David Simon is a former Baltimore Sun journalist who chronicled the day-in-day-out life of two related, but very different lives in Charm City. Both have been turned into television series. We look forward to seeing views of either the print or television versions (or both).

Homicide: Life on the Street (First and Second Seasons), a television series based on David Simon's Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood


We welcome reviews of Martin Amis, novelist and shameless self-promoter. Amis examines the (dis)functional elements of every-day lives of not-so-ordinary folk. His characters are different, but their lives are far from effortless. It takes so much work to be an Amis character.

Selected Novels by Martin Amis: The Information (1996); Money (1986); Success (1991); and Night Train (1999).


Temporary Worker Rides a Subway (2004) by Mark Wallace,
Bird and Forest (2005) by Brent Cunningham


We end with a somewhat quixotic task: what is the best way to use the Internet to find a job? Below are some sites to get one started, but we are looking forward to reading about any journey down this road.

Sample employment websites:;; and

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