This is awesomely written.
@Miss Havisham@twitter For god's sake. What is the right thing to do then? To do nothing, stay in the US and ignore Iraq entirely? To go there, but refuse to receive any income? What is it?
@Miss Havisham@twitter Yeah, I wouldn't exactly say he was "milking the misery of the Iraqis". If anything, he was just kind of bullshitting around, didn't really agree with the war, and wasn't actively harming anyone. If anything he did net good, but if he didn't support the war or US meddling in Iraqi affairs, then I do agree he was in a somewhat morally gray area.
Just so I am clear. Not LOVING the article means: 1) Not liking long-form journalism or Natasha's contributions to it; 2) Not properly appreciating Old Hairpin (circa what, January 2012?) style; 3) Not getting this joke or union humor in general; 4) Accusing Natasha of trolling; and 5) Sending a bat signal out to the Awl-iverse Did I leave anything out? It might be easier if next time there is a list of Authors Whose Every Utterance You Must Love, Always, to avoid similar hiccups.
Ummm this is the WHOLE POINT OF THIS SITE, ya'll. Lady journo being honest about making 22K and living with her parents and eating out too much? +1 Billfold. This is the kind of thing I come here to read. That said, being a girl who wants to pay for her own first-date dinner is also cool, I can see that it's a preference. Though gentleman should still offer to see what kind of girl she is? (N.B. I am not that girl, but I respect that girl's right to want to buy her noodles smothered in peanut butter mmmmm padthai)
@lalaland Whaaaat? This was an interview with a writer who knows what her skills are worth, takes no shit, does her own taxes, and lives with her parents because she thinks they're cool. I don't see the connection at all to a Cat Marnell's flighty stream of consciousness posts about her daddy issues, beauty products, and adderall.
@deepomega No, I mean the thick layer of inside jokes no one is explaining, the congratulating of Ms. Vargas-Cooper on just . . . being alive and saying a thing? and how apparently her discussion of sexual bartering is a big joke even though it reads totally straight. Yes, suggesting a dude should buy you dinner since he'll end up with a BJ later is a strange firecracker to light and run away from. Thanks for setting an asshole trap for me though.
@Reginal T. Squirge I'm gonna throw one more in! I ASSUME I'm not getting the joke here. I think it's my feminism acting up again. Dagnabit.
I still feel like I have very little idea what journalists make, especially in our New Media World. Like, I once looked up the union pay scales at the New York Times (this was before the media crash, late 90s, early 2000s) and the top pay rate for reporters with like 15 years of experience was $75,000. Then a few years ago I was reading about a financial reporter discussing his $350,000 salary.
There are a lot of assumptions being made in this thread.