Falling Through Layers of Bureaucracy, Hoping For Financial Support

Headley, a massage therapist who lives in a “no-bedroom apartment” and is just on the edge of earning a middle class income, injures herself while on the job. After worker’s compensation, reasonable accommodation, and a retraining program, she ends up in a welfare office.

Living With Less Worry Under The ACA

Connie May Fowler writes for the Rumpus about what the Affordable Care Act has meant for her life, and for the people she works with: other part-time professors and adjuncts who don’t get health insurance through work.

All the Drama of the Super Bowl, None of the Sports

How Maggie Nelson Made It Work

Speaking of keeping your day job, The Rumpus has a new podcast called Make/Work, hosted by Scott Pinkmountain (now THAT is a good last name):

Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice. In Make/Work, Scott will speak with emerging and established artists working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, and how they maintain their work over the long term.

Navigating Life After Prison

Getting Paid for Sex vs. Paying for Sex

Antonia Crane talks to David Henry Sterry about the sex he’s bought and sold, about his books about other people’s sex, bought and sold, and about how hard it is to find someone who will admit they’ve paid for sex. (“I didn’t realize the enormous stigma attached to the statement to say, ‘Yes, I hire someone to have sex with me.’ Easier to get people to admit they are a ‘whore’ than to get people to admit they hired a whore.”)

Effectively Mediocre

What do you do if you’re a “Jack Zuckerman”?

A Sex Worker Talks to a John

Antonia Crane interviews a John for The Rumpus.

Famous Writers And Their Other Jobs

Michelle Dean compiled a list of some famous authors’ day jobs for The Rumpus.