Mike: Meaghan you went on vacation for a little bit—when was this planned and how did you decide where to go?
Logan, do you have a similar memory? Acquiring some grown-up clothes that made you feel like an adult when you put them on?
Is money just too hard to talk about, that is the question.
At Medium, an excerpt from Emily Gould from the collection MFA VS NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction. Gould writes about the book that got her a $200,000 book advance and how she got mired in debt soon after.
A conversation about gift cards.
Mike: Earlier this week, we had a feature story about how a person got her job at a public relations firm. Part of that answer, we discover, is through connections this person had. "You should take every meeting," she said. "Because you never know who's going to have a job open up over the weekend. That’s a lot of how I got my job." I appreciate how upfront she was about this because it basically demonstrated how "bootstrapping" is often a myth—the idea we got from Horatio Alger who wrote stories about boys working hard and moving themselves out of poverty and up the ladder. This is a part of the heart of the American Dream, but, of course, Horatio Alger wrote fiction. It's not as simple as that. Were you raised with a "bootstrapping" mentality?
Logan: Happy Friday, Mike. So three things happened in the world this week: The government shut down, Miley and Sinead got in a fight, and a woman quit her job with a YouTube video. I think that's it right? That's the gist of it. Anyway there are some lessons to be learned from all of these things (it's terrifying that 80 white dudes can shut down the government; don't read another word about Miley Cyrus ever), but I thought the one we could talk about is: Quitting your job via YouTube video. Have you watched it?
Mike: So one our most popular posts this week was this post by B. Benson talking about how he spent money on all these things in an effort to save money on things in the future. I think that post was so relatable because it's something we all do, right? Spend money on things hoping it'll make us better people somehow?
How much do you spend on books, Chiara Atik?
I have reached that stage of my life where I've begun to attend the birthday parties of children produced by friends. "What do you buy for a baby?" I asked myself as I looked at the invitation inviting me to a one-year-old's party.