About the Author

D. JoAnne Swanson, founder

Greetings and welcome! I’m D. JoAnne Swanson, a.k.a. Danica, non-fiction writer, blogger, and professional anticareerist. I’m the founder of The Anticareerist; the project was known from 2010-2017 as Rethinking the Job Culture, which was itself a continuation of where I left off with whywork.org, a.k.a. Creating Livable Alternatives to Wage Slavery (CLAWS), which I founded in 1998. CLAWS was listed as an authoritative source on the Wikipedia entry for “refusal of work” until 2017, despite the fact that the project is not (and has never been) anti-work. Since there’s no entry for anticareerism or unjobbing or critique of compulsory wage labor or conscientious objector to earning a living, however, I’ll have to live with it.

I’m best known for the work I’ve been doing for over twenty years: thinking and writing about unjobbing and alternatives to “earning a living.” (It is my custom to always put that phrase in quotes to emphasize its injustice and encourage critical thinking about it.) I have an extensive background in academia, but prefer autodidactic pursuits; I’m one of a handful of independent scholars in the “field” of unjobbing/anticareerism.

I’m resident hermit, tea nerd, bibliophile, dark fusion dancer, and CEO (Creative Endarkenment Overseer) at The Black Stone Hermitage, a contemplative Norse polytheist monastic retreat in Portland, OR. I live as an amateur nun in a haven of solitude made possible only by a web of thriving community relationships. I’m a proud hugger of trees with a special affection for conifers, particularly Red Spruce, Douglas Fir, and Western Redcedar. I’m a big fan of Scaravelli-inspired and restorative yoga.

I’ve been working on my book manuscript On The Leisure Track: Rethinking the Job Culture for over ten years. Progress continues, even if it’s at a glacial and sporadic pace.

I’m also a longtime devoted fan of dark ambient and industrial music. My other book manuscript in progress is Endarkenment: The Esoteric in Dark Ambient Music and Culture, featuring interview material and artistic contributions from some of the most highly respected musicians in the genre. Uneasy Listening: Dark Ambient Music Appreciation for Pagans has been my most widely read article about the genre to date.

I can often be found sipping lapsang souchong or pu-erh tea, practicing my Swedish, supporting the movement for unconditional basic income, quoting feminist philosophers, investigating the acoustics of caves and other endarkened subterranean spaces, or hiking in the temperate Cascadian rainforests (with frequent pauses to appreciate the lush mosses and lichens).

Please send press inquiries, reprint permissions requests, etc. via e-mail:

radical.unjobbing AT gmail DOT com

Although I read all e-mail I receive, I’m unable to answer all of it; if I did, I’d have no time left for writing and being an amateur hermit nun!

Site History:

My former project, whywork.org, is a pro-leisure and anti-wage-slavery site that has been online since 1999 when my work was merged with Sarah Nelson’s UK-based Leisure Party site. In the late 1990s/early 2000s I moderated a well-respected e-mail discussion list associated with Creating Livable Alternatives to Wage Slavery (CLAWS).

Whywork.org is no longer online as of 2017. I have not been involved with it since I gave up ownership of it in 2004. Last time I checked, the domain name and site were owned by Katz Global Media. The popular web discussion forum in which I was once a regular participant has occasionally been revived, but is no longer online. Fortunately, I have several backup copies of the entire site in my files, so the work isn’t gone forever. If you’re curious, you can always use the Wayback Machine to read the farewell letter I wrote in 2004, examine the changes archived by date, browse the site as it was just before I gave up control over it, or see it as it appeared after the final design change was made by the new owner.

Radical Unjobbing – the previous name of this blog (it was hosted at wordpress.com from 2010-2017) – was inspired by Michael Fogler’s book Un-Jobbing: The Adult Liberation HandbookCheck it out – it was one of my early inspirations!

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