On Income Vs. Expenses: How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living

@HelloTheFuture Unsolicited advice: you should totally get a slow-cooker. (Cause that shit is CRAZY.)

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 8:03 pm 0

On Income Vs. Expenses: How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living

@Allison I'm an American living in Montreal, and it's pretty standard practice here to take the bus down to Burlington, VT (~3 hrs including time spent at the border) if the difference in price is great enough. The Greyhound route stops at the Burlington airport...which, btw, has a French-language website saying "Bienvenue Canadiens." Flights from Canada really are that much more expensive.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm 0

On Maybe We'll Soon Have Our Very First Cat Cafe

I thought this post would be about the fact that we're getting one here in Montreal! This section of the internet has been abuzz about it: http://www.mtlblog.com/2014/01/montreal-opens-first-ever-north-american-cat-cafe/

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 11:22 am 0

On The Rental History Of An Academic Nomad

At my university, the part of town called "the Ghetto" actually has some of the most expensive real estate in the city--those fully-furnished high-rise buildings for undergrads that are basically glorified dorms.

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 10:56 am 0

On Putting on Your "Work Face" When You're Having a Bad Day

It's called "affective labor": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affective_labor

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm 0

On Coming Out as Poor at Duke University

...Wow. This hit me right in the gut. My adult life has been characterized by various degrees of deep-seated, stemming-from-childhood financial anxiety set against the backdrop of various tony academic institutions that would deign to give me enough money to allow me to be there. I am now the kind of student who gets paid to go to school, which puts me, for the first time, almost-just-barely in the "comfortable" income range. That is to say, I'm sure my yearly income would be laughable to most people with middle-class jobs, and at 30, and it's only been for the last six months of my life that I've started to feel like I can afford most of the things that I need and many of the things that I want. However, the experience of being poor has shaped me so fundamentally that I, also, feel that it is perhaps the most important thing about me. I haven't ever really felt comfortable "coming out" as poor (or now as formally poor, or culturally working class?) in any of these settings, however. I've mentioned it, and I've hinted at it, but it never really goes over very well...I think it embarrasses people. It's a very odd existence to feel that the thing that most fundamentally makes you *you* is the kind of thing that you can't share with anyone, even your good friends, because they just won't understand your reality. (It's particularly ironic in my lefty-skewing discipline, where we talk about the "affective nature of capitalism" all day long, but never in any sense that includes personal experience.) I wish that I could share this article with someone, but I literally can think of no friends from any of my networks of the fancy private schools I've attended for the past decade who would understand and appreciate this.

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm 0

On Public Service Workers—Get Your Federal Student Loans Forgiven

In what universe do these people exist that they think that 1 hour in the classroom = 1 hour of preparation? (In my limited experience, it's more like 1:10.)

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm 0

On Buying a Wedding Dress When You Hate Yourself And Love Money

@Beaks Now I want to hear about the perfect stretch wool pencil skirt!

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm 0

On How Much Should It Cost to Fix My Shoes?

The place where I get my shoes repaired (in Montreal) always seems to charge me $20 per visit, no matter what I need fixed or how many pairs of shoes I bring in. They do good work, it just seems like the guy who deals with all the front-of-house stuff can’t be bothered to worry about pricing. Once I figured this out, I started saving them up and bringing two or three pairs at a time...So far, still $20.

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 9:20 am 1

On What Various People in Various Industries Wear to Work

@LookUponMyWorks Replying to this thread because I, too, want to know about comfortable (yet ~moderately stylish) flats.

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm 0