novice Buddhist, expert neurotic. writer. aspiring adult.
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The thing about all this WRITING FOR / ABOUT MONEY stuff we’ve all been discussing for the last couple years (and now here at Scratch) is that there’s been so much Younger Single People Career Anxiety. Which is fine and normal but you can always go live in a house with five other people and not own a car and eat ramen and do whatever you have to do to “make it” if you want it badly enough, and maybe there is no “making it,” but there is certainly “get a few months of savings in the bank, do good work, make the right connections and feel pretty decent about paychecks generally working out for the next week/month/year while you keep doing this crazy thing forever.”
I skipped the ramen years because I don’t have college debt (sorry) and I got a full-time journalism job right out of college (not sorry) and generally broke even on freelancing after I got laid off because I drive a Toyota and don’t have cable and go to concerts for free (because it’s my job). I never worried about money until I got married and stopped caring about my career more than my family. Now worrying about money is an ocean with no horizon. So take it easy out there, folks. You’re doing great.
I find this post incredibly condescending. I don’t have college debt, although I do have several thousand dollars’ worth of medical debt. I live in an apartment with other people who mostly hate me, but I can’t afford to move out because it would cost several thousand dollars after factoring in security deposits and mover expenses. I don’t own a car. I don’t have cable. I don’t go to concerts anymore because I can’t afford to. I’ve done the ramen thing. The prospect of having several months of savings in the bank is about on par, in terms of likeliness, with the prospect of being Britney Spears and getting several million dollars for an endorsement, So is the prospect of “[keeping] doing this crazy thing forever,” or for another year or month or even a week.
Given all of this, it is very difficult, even impossible, to “take it easy.” Nor am I doing great. So I don’t particularly understand what I am expected to do here.
Yeah I’m pretty much on Katherine’s level with this. If you think that “having a few months rent” in your savings is “toughing it out” or something I pretty much can’t relate to you. Having to continually worry about when I’ll next have to borrow money from someone who doesn’t really have much to lend while trying to constantly brainstorm how to make enough to pay rent in two weeks while still eating doesn’t especially lend itself to feeling ok enough to “do this forever,” or even like, another year. Everything isn’t terrible: I also don’t have college debt (nor a degree), I have incredibly generous people in my life and I get to do some things because I live in New York and there is more cool stuff to do for free/cheap than other places. But yeah, I wake up early or can’t fall asleep and think about how I can keep this whole thing going. And I’m not even trying to “make it,” I’m just trying to live.
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Deriding or making fun of the actually useful parts of “hipster” (aka young intellectual) culture (such as an interest in activism, making things they use themselves, challenging whatever norms even if it’s via criticism of popular culture or fashioning themselves in a way that doesn’t fit with the status quo) is going to end up biting us all in the ass. We get it, the shit they make fun of on Portlandia is ridiculous. So we should all just stop buying stuff locally and go back to relying on long supply chains that originate with slave labor. So we should all blindly accept what authority tells us to do. So we should all adhere to whatever the status quo is in case we look too silly or someone makes fun of us. So we should confine our efforts to anonymous angry Tumblr rants so no one can point at us and say we look just like those other people who should just grow up and realize they can’t change anything. What a sensible move. I’m sure things will continue to go as well as they have been so far.
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You likely remember the hysterias caused by GTA—the crimes it got blamed for, the won’t-somebody-think-of-the-children rhetoric. (You may also remember that some of the more important works of narrative art of the 20th century were the subject of outright bans, a la Ulysses and Lolita, but that’s another story.)
In the least surprising turn of events ever, Vice lets some bro wax nostalgic about rebelling against his parents by getting some older dude to buy him GTA as a teenager. Good 4 u dude.
Newsflash: a game that reinforces consumerism, capitalism, sexism, classism, patriarchy, the drug war, the military industrial complex and lack of gun control is essentially the least radical or subversive thing that could ever happen.
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Apparently last night the apartment above ours on the 5th floor of our building flooded, somehow. The water went through the 4th floor, through our floor, and apparently hit the apartment below us as well. It was A LOT of water, and now the walls are stained with what I hope is dirt and all our books are scattered around the kitchen and the musical instruments had to be moved. The floor is still wet. I am moving out of this apartment in less than two months.
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didn’t apply to any jobs today because i couldn’t tell which were just kind of terrible sounding and which were TOO terrible sounding, but at least i got an interview for one that seems kind of ok
Tell COLD CAVE what you want to hear on the upcoming EU/UK and North American Tours #ColdCave http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FCSPZX5
How about “ones without an opener who is a Nazi troll”?
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the great thing about living in the age of the internet is as soon as you have a far-fetched career idea you can read 100 people’s opinions on why you shouldn’t do it
While we should be concerned about government surveillance of data & communications on public networks, this whole thing with the NSA is starting to get really, really overblown.
Ask yourself what you personally lost in all of this before you write a long article or blog post suggesting that President Obama should not finish his term.
I’m sorry this is complete bullshit.
The reaction to this is not overblown. The government, with no permission, in secret, while actively lying about it, has been combing through and storing our personal communications. It is not at all a leap to say that this could end very very badly.
Maybe if more people were willing to get more “overblown” about important political issues something would actually change. I liked Obama as much as the next liberal but it’s possible to think critically about shit and realize that your president has not delivered what you were promised, and when it comes down to it the differences between his policies and those of G.W. Bush are barely noticeable. Yay he mentioned gay people on national TV! Who cares about Guantanamo, torture, the continued Iraqi and Afghani wars, strong corporate ties, bailing out banks, etc etc et fucking cetera.
And I would like to mention, attacking specific peoples’ stances on the matter WHATEVER THEY ARE is a little logical fallacy I like to call ad hominem. LOOK IT THE FUCK UP.
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