Why buy a bookstore in small town Ontario?
The film is ostensibly about finding the true spirit of the season amid a hellish, slapstick descent into suburban holiday dysfunction, but the film’s “fun, old-fashioned Christmas” is remarkably steeped in wealth’s economic markers, which I’ll discuss in 2013 dollars.
Lunch started off well, but fifteen minutes in he got very serious and said something like “you’re starting to make some money, have you thought about securing your financial future?”
Nicholas Burgess is a 24-year-old artist and activist living in Queens, NY.
You answer the ad on Craigslist, they get your phone number and email address, they can see who you are by looking you up on Facebook, and they talk to you on the phone to get a sense of who you are. The main attribute you both are looking for is this: Is this person gonna be cool about the ride?
Mortgage + car payment + bar loan + credit cards + daycare costs for two children = American Dream.
Adam, 30, earns $170,000 (not including bonuses) working in an actuary-type role. “Have you seen Along Came Polly? I basically have Ben Stiller’s job.”
My mother worked the third shift because my father had a high school diploma and she didn’t, and he could land a job that conceded the importance of sunlight while she was stuck with whatever her employers deemed fitting.
I used to be an unreasonably frugal. What were once rational, economically efficient decisions—limiting “impulse purchases” to the change at the bottom of my bag—became, on the aggregate, absurd.
My mom passed away when I was a junior in college, and she got sick when I was in high school. There were a lot of trips to doctors, many close calls at the ER, and many out-of-pocket medical expenses.
I sold my bone marrow.
After becoming an underemployed college graduate last summer, this was inevitably course corrected: I couldn’t find a job, and before long, I was back in Michigan. Near the end of December, an offer arrived in my inbox: a five-month reporting contract at the Flint Journal, the daily newspaper in Flint, Mich.
Where have you lived, John Ore?
Last month we talked to Amy, a longtime personal assistant who currently works for, among others, a Very Famous Writer.
I am one of the unsung, invisible hacks of the internet generation.