All hell is breaking loose at the offices of the floundering publication Failure Studies. Not quite up there with the New Medical Journal, can they claw back some respect from other academics, or will they be a self-fulfilling prophecy? A journal editor, a co-editor, and their intern explore what it means to work, live and rebel in our world today. Our society constantly reassures us that failure is an intermediate stage in a process that eventually leads us to happiness, but how truthful is this? If we keep trying, do we fail better, or do we fail ‘worse’?