I met Emily Reese when we worked together at Kickstarter. At the time, Emily, 24 and newly out of grad school, was working on the support team and struggling to find what she was great at and excited about doing. Fast forward to a few months ago, when I heard that Emily moved to the product team and was hired as a full-time engineer. WHAT. Luckily, Emily agreed to talk to me about how she managed to teach herself programming on nights and weekends and then change her career without leaving the company.
Okay so first off, we know that now you are working on the product team as an [...]
You probably have an idea of what a bike messenger’s job is like, either based on the many media depictions of the job, from "Quicksilver" to "Premium Rush," or on the fact that in many cities, messengers do seem perennially hurried to the point of madness. Your impression is not wrong, because most messengers work for messenger companies doing piecework—they are paid by the job—so they have an incentive to do as many jobs as possible. That was not my job.
In the late '90s, I worked in what New York bike messengers of the time somewhat sneeringly referred to as "private service." That means that I was attached [...]
I met Tom in English class during my sophomore year of high school, and we became acquaintances and occasional friends. Mostly, I had a crush on him. After high school, I moved out of the Bay Area and to the East Coast, where I received sporadic updates on high school friends from my good friend Julia. She mentioned something about Tom drawing for the New Yorker, a piece of information I filed away until I saw this cartoon posted on Facebook. I recognized the signature, got his email from Julia, and had a nice email chat with him about cartooning, the pursuit of creativity and our generation’s inflated [...]
January 2014 stats: Total earnings: $3,300.91 Completed pieces (all types): 150 Essays published: 3 Novellas rejected: 1
I've been a full-time freelance writer for just over a year. I track everything. I post my freelance income to my Tumblr every week, and am always taking notes on who's hiring and who's paying.
In January, for example, I got one new client and two new sub-client relationships that pay through an existing client. I got each of these new jobs the old-fashioned way: by having a current client recommend me. These are the jobs that aren't advertised. This brings my number of current client relationships up to six. [...]
Vanessa hates tax season.
LOGAN: We're approaching a very painful time of year for you.
VANESSA: I don't like to talk about it.
Ha, I know. But you said that you would, with me, just this once.
To help people.
Right, to help people. Because it's important that people not know they're alone, in their fear of taxes.
It's not a fear, it's more like a natural reaction to one of the most terrible things invented by man. And I hate that word, please don't say it.
Yes. That word.
Describe the feeling that you get when I say "taxes."
Revulsion. Terror. Rage. My stomach drops, my heart [...]
Logan: Mike, on a scale of 1 to 10, how obsessed are you with TRUE DETECTIVE?
Mike: Hah, well I started watching it because of you—literally, you gave me access to your HBO GO account—and you've brought it up so much around these parts, that I wanted to get an understanding of why you were so obsessed with it. It's a really good show! The camera work is really good! The storyline is really compelling!
Logan: Mike that wasn't a rating. WHAT IS YOUR RATING?
Mike: Hah, okay, hmm. Eight? Nine. I'd say nine. I'd hate to say 10, only because when something is a 10, it really [...]