How To Feed Your Family In 8 or 9 Complicated Steps

My dissertation—defended in April and deposited just the other week—is about food access and farmers’ markets.

We Literally Cannot All Be Middle-Class

I have some potentially alarming news. IT’S POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE NOT IN THE MIDDLE CLASS

Linda Tirado & Why It Costs Money To Save Money

If the name Tirado rings a bell, it's perhaps because you remember the shitstorm that followed Tirado's first blog post for Gawker about being poor in America.

When Colleges Open Food Banks On Campus

Soup kitchens: they're not just for churches anymore.

Socialism: The Sharing Economy I Want

I want just a little bit of everyday socialism.

Caitlin Moran on Being Absorbed Into The Middle Class

This Longreads interview of Caitlin Moran is hilarious and great. She talks about the hell of writing a book (hint: do not drink 12 cups of espresso before noon) and teen fantasies and masturbation and all that good stuff. She also has some interesting insight into what it's like finding success and being 'absorbed into the middle class':

How Burnouts Became Slackers Became Mainstream

What was feared in the 80s was assimilated in 90s.

Simulating Wealth and Poverty in Junior High

In sixth grade, my math teacher assigned us a project: We were supposed to pick a job, find out how much it paid per hour, and then calculate how many hours of work it would take to buy a few fantasy items. The teacher told us to ignore little details like taxes and living expenses. At the end, we made posters with pictures of the things we fake-bought.

Time Banking In Ithaca, New York

Perhaps most of my time bank’s professionals, however devoted to egalitarianism in theory, still value their professional skills too highly to give them away for mere hours. And perhaps people in genuine poverty are too busy struggling to get by to participate in a time bank that may or may not help them when they need it most. This might be the most we could hope for from a hippie, progressive town that otherwise still runs overwhelmingly on dollars.