In the dark days of my post-collegiate life, I moved to New York and waited tables while I tried to worm my way into an editorial assistantship in traditional publishing. Most self-respecting restaurants serve a staff meal and there’s often plenty of snacks throughout the shift, so lunch was never an issue there. When I finally landed a close approximation of what I thought was my dream job–an assistant in an editorial department!–I was dismayed to learn that the publishing industry cares not for your living expenses. In fact, traditional publishing thinks your student loans and rent and bills and New York’s notoriously high cost of living can go fuck themselves, because traditional publishing is not helping out. More
Having business cards does not make someone an adult or a professional; it may just indicate that you listen to too much Pandora. This is something I learned when I choose the 500-card option the first time a company asked me if I would like my own business card. I was incredibly excited to be ordering my very first business cards. When they arrived I promptly pulled out a stack of ten put them in my wallet and proceeded to never hand them out… ever. I have used them as coasters, scrap paper, campfire fodder, and given them to potential suitors though never potential clients. I would then go on to make this mistake two more times accumulating well over 1000 cards. More
Last week, in a moment of frustration, EIC Jennifer Wright asked, “Should I just quit my job and get married?” It was supposed to be funny, but deputy editor Ashley Cardiff couldn’t entirely tell if she was joking. Now they’re curious: if given the option, would we spend our days watching TV and having no responsibilities? The answer is “Maybe” and also “adult babies.” More
Look, every day, at the office, I end up wearing the same leopard fur coat. On good days, I like to think it’s very Edie Sedgwick. On bad days it’s more Edie Beale. Lately, it’s been mostly Edie Beale. I blame it on being rainy and overly air-conditioned in here. That said, I’m about one week away from wearing some stockings as a turban.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is one of the many, many reasons I could not be the Yahoo CEO. But I am relieved to know that Marissa Mayer is wearing the same cardigan absolutely everyplace. CEOs: they’re just like us. Maybe this will stop people from getting so excited when Kate Middleton wears the same dress twice in a year? No? No. Well, we can dream.
Do you have one item you wear all the time? Do you know a brand of stocking that would make a nice turban? Let’s share tips! More
By Wednesday, stickers were appearing on water coolers: “Where are all the sex workers?”
Where indeed? The conference was just not the same without their visible presence. More
A few days later I received a response saying that the job had gone to someone else, as well as a side note that suggested that if I wanted to be taken seriously I should be careful what I wrote about online. More
Late to the party! Did you know you can’t have it all? Let’s be indignant. What an outrageous thing to say. What an outrageous, unexpected statement, Atlantic magazine. Anyhow, I totally want it all. ALL OF IT. What do I want? ALL THE THINGS. Specifically, to have it all, I want: More
What if your dreams are awesome and achievable? Great! Maybe you are a special snowflake. More
Should you, Megan Calvet?
Look, I think there are probably two schools of thought on this. More
This week, editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff are kind of haunted by Sunday’s episode of Mad Men, in which Joan agrees to sleep with a disgusting prospective client in exchange for 5% of the company. After asking readers what their price would be, they’re turning the question on themselves. Sleeping with someone to get to the top: immoral or modern or more complicated than either? More
HAH! Grandmothers doing spry young people things! Oh. Wait, she looks like this: More