I'd like to be Nick Hornby. He must be doing well money-wise, and novels, screenplays and essays seems like nice variety.
I think your list of writers with "very little going for them besides talent and focus" shows how subjective 'privilege' is and how many variables there are. It certainly would never ever have occurred to me before to place Old Etonian George Orwell and child factory worker Charles Dickens together in this context, but on reflection of course Orwell had other disadvantages (good health seems more likely to be an advantage taken for granted nowadays).
@BAMandia Well, that's the first time I've heard being a bouncer described as "customer service".
@garli I agree, I think it's a language issue, which is not necessarily correlated with race or class. I live in a very Welsh-speaking part of Wales (but am not Welsh myself), and in certain places I definitely get a different reception if I go in with a Welsh friend speaking Welsh. Not at all unfriendly if I'm speaking English, but not quite the same level of familiarity.
I buy cheap clothes, but also wear them for years and years until they fall apart. This is absolutely the only area of my life where I make sensible money decisions.
@Lily Hudson@facebook Personally I was hoping this piece would have more discussion of this important freelancing issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGg1567fzTY
On RIP Malls
@readyornot 'I have direction.' 'Yeah, towards the mall.'
'Elson also recommends not hanging up on a telemarketer or being rude to the person on the phone because they’ll simply put you back into the system to be called again later' It depends on the kind of telemarketer though. If it's cold calls, they probably don't have any control over the list- the phone dials the next one for them automatically, or they're working through it in order on paper. And I can't imagine anyone bothering to re-add someone out of spite. I think hanging up is definitely the best thing to do. It always baffled me when people would start yelling at me to go away. Um, do you know how a phone works? You can make that happen!
I've been depressing myself this week reading stories online about people failing their vivas and dying poor in ditches, so this was uplifting. Thanks! (Although then I realised that I am not even a good waitress, so, I'm probably still fucked.)
@HelloTheFuture Thanks, that's really helpful! (Can't think how all my googling missed something called 'Write.com'... doh).