A Call To End Birthday Dinners

Is it just me or is everybody born in the summer? EVERYONE!!! No, but I was. Ester was born this weekend! Or you know, was born this coming weekend very few years ago. I had another in a series of birthday dinners last night and we all decided it’s because people do it more in the winter. Which, according to this hilarious piece, An Open Rant Against Birthday Dinners, means we are all spending way more than we want to taking our friends out to dinner and then resenting them for it. TRUE?

“That’s Not Sharing, It’s Selling.”

Enlighten your capitalism today with the always-incisive Susie Cagle’s illustrated report back from the “Share” conference. It’s so good.

All My Grownup Jobs And How I Actually Got Them

Plenty of people have very practical advice about how to get a job or break into an industry, but when I look back on work in my 20’s, I see mostly dumb luck, good timing, and knowing the right people. Sharing how I’ve gotten work so far may not be helpful or encouraging, but it is true, and true is a good place to start from.

Here is my no-bullshit job history:

Susie Cagle on Eight Years of Freelancing

Journalist and cartoonist Susie Cagle writes and draws on Medium (excellently, and for free (this time)) about “freelance labor, journalism, and survival.” It is a familiar story but chilling nevertheless. As she said on Twitter, “I wrote & drew this about freelancing to let you know I’m looking for work, not to make you feel depressed.”

Dark Tales of Alpha Ladies and Beta Males

I do not love the framing or the tone of this article, titled “Meet the Women Who Run Hollywood (and the Slacker Husbands They’re Over)“, nor do I suspect I would not like to be in the same room/planet as its author, but what I DO love are 1. women talking about their messy lives, 2. brewing resentment and 3. BETA MALES. And in that regard, this piece does not disappoint. At all.

Our Guacamole Is at Risk

On Working With Depression

On her blog the Rejectionist, Sarah McCarry is publishing an excellent series of interviews called Working, where she talks to writers about how they live with their depression and the ways they manage to work with/through/around their illness. It’s about “finding a balance between the work we have to do, the work we want to do, and taking care of ourselves,” which of course is applicable to all kinds of work and all kinds of people.

Stephen King’s Fam Is Just Like My Fam and Your Fam and Everyone’s Fam

I don’t know, that’s basically like the opposite of my experience with talking about my career with my own parents. I’m sure your parents were also supportive of whatever you wanted to do?

A Conversation With a Canadian Who Has Lived in the U.S. for 11 Years and is About to Be Kicked Out

Jessica Tate is a name I made up for a Canadian person living in New York City that spoke with me recently about her life.

What Do You Wanna Be When You Grow Up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?