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Mark Ames
"Faced with the high cost of her family’s third-tier health care plan, freelance life & credit-card debt, she goes out looking for a 'job-job,’ only to find a teaching position for a 6-week class that pays $600. "These dispiriting stories are everywhere"
“Prozac Nation” seemed to herald a boundless future for young creatives. It was actually the beginning of the end.
The New York Times The New York Times @nytimes
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Mark Ames Jan 12
Replying to @MarkAmesExiled
"Last month, she turned up as the focus of a piece in The New York Post about the declining fortunes of the city’s media class...Now in her 50s, she was living with her parents and working as a sales assistant at a J Crew in a mall in New Jersey for minimum wage. She felt lucky"
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Mark Ames Jan 12
Replying to @MarkAmesExiled
"the kind of creative person who was now on top...Ms. Hruska MacPherson, who started way ahead by virtue of her marriage to a rich man, was now making it selling sweaters with airy political aphorisms—'The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted' —for hundreds of dollars each."
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Lindsay Beyerstein Jan 12
Replying to @MarkAmesExiled
Odd pivot from Wurtzel, who could have owned a home and had health insurance, but refused, to the real struggles of most of her contemporaries and juniors who don't have the option.
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Mark Ames Jan 12
Replying to @beyerstein
Yeah I think Bellafonte did a great job with a not exactly sympathetic subject - didn't expect that pivot, but it works given how Wurtzel ended up
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Bryan MacDonald Jan 12
Replying to @MarkAmesExiled
I know life in Europe is no rose garden either. But reading about people being scared shitless about health care, and eyeballed up in debt, makes me grateful I was born on this side of the pond...
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Nick D Jan 12
Replying to @MarkAmesExiled
you know Mark, i wanna believe these stories but then come election time why do the centrists or Republicans win? there is a serious disconnect somewhere
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Pax Trumpiana Jan 12
Replying to @MarkAmesExiled
I'm shocked that everyone can't live off taxpayers with real jobs. Here's an idea. Stop believing the fallacy that everyone can make a living "writing" and seeking donations on Twitter.
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Cathryn Mataga Jan 12
Replying to @MarkAmesExiled
Rest in peace. Seems that writing for a living, even for those who are quite good at it, is not an easy path. Becoming like making a living with music, sounds like.
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