@sp0ka@twitter Amen. There needs to be an understanding that choosing to live in a cosmopolitan metropolis is a luxury in itself. People who say they are "impoverished" because they cannot afford to live in a high-rent zip code and eat out and get drinks 4x per week with their friends need to open their eyes a little bit.
Maybe you didn't make it clear but it reads like your friend was seriously, not jokingly, talking about how to use your food stamps to buy beer. How was this woman supposed to react to that? You were talking about abusing a welfare program to buy alcohol. How does that jibe with the entirely rational and just argument of poverty that follows?
@A G@twitter Exactly. Thank you. Living in New York is not the end-all, be-all of the universe. There are other cities -- big ones, with lots of places for a bright young literary-minded person to write and edit. Try DC, try Chicago, try something else. The real piece of unexamined privilege here is the assumption that anyone "deserves" to live in New York City. Can't make money? Go somewhere else.
@Andrew Simone@twitter Why only St. Louis? That's just one option of many fine Midwestern (or nearby) cities. In Pittsburgh you can buy houses in walkable urban neighborhoods for under $100k and the unemployment rate is 7%. You can have $300/mo. rent if you have a roommate. 48% of people 25-34 have a bachelor's degree, 21% have a graduate degree. Chicago has the same unemployment rate as NYC, and is also a huge city with an extensive mass transit system, but the rent is much cheaper. It gets cold in the winter, but fortunately, a solid winter jacket and a good pair of boots costs about $200, and you'll save that much money in a month on rent. And those are just a few of your options. Look into Madison, the Twin Cities, Columbus, and so on. There's plenty of culture and civilization in the upper Midwest; check your favorite band's touring schedule, check how many public radio stations there are, check the university presence, etc.
I don't have a problem with white college grads on food stamps, but like, seriously, all of you: there are tons of great places to live that aren't Brooklyn where you can get an apartment and a job and live like you are the 1% on $35k. I live in one (Houston), and it's really hard to sympathize with this when the obvious answer, speaking specifically to people like the author who seem to have a decent family and has already made a cross-country move once, is to move. Yeah people with abusive/no parents cannot do this, but the rest of us can.
@Andrew Simone@twitter I mean yeah exactly. Down here in Houston I have zero unemployed friends (I just recently became employed after some long-term un/der employment!) and we all pretty much make bank at our respective jobs w/the cost of living this low. Reading this was like "Dude, NYC isn't working out for you. Big surprise."
@jfruh Seriously, they should just have some fucking common sense and not be obnoxious and then act put upon when someone calls them on it. We all know it's hard out there but they should not act like they have it as hard as many other people. They deserve to eat but they know that they chose to live where they live and that it's a very expensive, competitive place.
A couple of things: - Why does your college education entitle you to some sort of amazing white collar job in the media or whatever dream job it is you want to do? -Thank god this article was posted on a blog about priveleged peoples money woes, that is read by people who are lucky enough to have the time, money and means to access and read this article. Imagine if a real poor person had to read this...
I like this piece and generally sympathize with you, but part of the reason you're unable to find work is because you've chosen to look in a hyper-saturated market (New York + Media) that's not very meritocratic. I think society should subsidize people's lives, but not their dreams. Maybe you should just move to Omaha and sell real estate.