WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! The writer moved to NY bc she wants a fabulous and cool job she's not necessarily qualified for in an oversaturated market and in the most expensive place in the damn country to live and she wants people to "understand" her and feel bad for her relative poverty...why? I have a HS diploma and a year or two of college (not even an Associate's), have never been unemployed in this City (unless I didn't feel like working bc I was working on other stuff, then I lived on unemployment and savings and taking odd jobs off the books), and make my living as a creative doing a job I am trained and qualified for. I have never considered applying for food stamps because I recognize my privilege of being able to WORK and because I know "Sex & the City" and "Devil Wears Prada" are FICTION. Aww, can't afford your apt in Brooklyn? Too bad, so sad. If you're truly poor, I hear the Bronx is cheaper--or are there too many brown & truly poor people there for her liking? A degree in Sociology and she wants to work in...media. Can that get a little more vague and annoyingly starfucked? Everyone wants to be in media these days, it's viewed as being glamorous, but what does "working in media" even mean? How was she supporting herself and who was supporting her while she took all these unpaid internships that amounted to nothing? I haven't had the time to take unpaid work since I was in HS. I was too busy being an adult and paying my bills and rent on my NYC apt...since I was 18. You know what? My husband works at one of the top interactive agencies in NYC and they have had 6 tech and creative but still tech oriented positions open for MONTHS that NO ONE is qualified for. You know what they have an incredible overabundance of? Privileged, entitled crybabies like the author, her friends, and their apparent fans who want to come to NY and work at a "cool" place doing something "fun" and "interesting" in media and live in "hip" Brooklyn. If you want to work in "media", then maybe you should be qualified to do the job you want to do (if you even know what it is you really want to actually do day to day beyond enjoying the trappings of having a cool sounding job) and go live someplace less expensive while you gather up some applicable knowledge and experience and oh, I dunno, LEARN SOME FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SAVE SOME??? She and everybody else who whine that NY is hard--NO SHIT. Welcome to reality. Nobody cares. I'm first generation born in the states, raised poor in the projects here in NYC by parents whose first language is not English, each with HS diplomas who pursued their college dreams after the age of 40... and I make it just fine without help, thanks. If you can't make it waitressing in this City, you need to up the ante on your skills and get in at a better restaurant, sweetie.
@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.
Some great comments, but what I really want to know is, are they still hiring at that foot fetish party thing? No joke.
@@karolnyc I see what you're saying, but I think the writer and her friends were just using a little dark humor in order to be able to talk about an issue they do, in fact, take quite seriously. People in true need definitely don't find their situations hilarious, but I think many use humor to try and make themselves feel better, at least for the moment.