Somewhat related to my previous post: Last week, Payscale released its rankings of colleges and universities based on the average earnings of its graduates (prestige, it seems, matters, since top rated research universities and Ivy League schools are found at the top.
The book I had in mind would not be very good. It would be better than everyone else's books but it wouldn't be very good. I was aiming for broad market appeal, shameless pandering to middlebrow tastes and prose more meretriciously sentimental than a whore on wharf. The book would be fast and it would be short. It would be published under a penname. It would help me to get by.
Being funny can be expensive in a place like Grand Rapids, Mich., where comedians often have to travel great distances looking for a gig.
Over the years it has been beaten into me that it is unequivocally better to have no publication credits than it is to publish something on your own.
There is a lot of pressure on the federal and state level right now to raise the minimum wage of $7.25 to something workers can actually live on.