"Many of the legion of articles published on Helen Gurley Brown refer to her as a “mouseburger,” a term she invented to describe a young woman of average looks, with some intelligence, more likely working in a job than pursuing a career. The mouseburger receives little assistance in making her way through life but doggedly perseveres. She has been told repeatedly that beauty is a woman’s greatest asset, but practical as she is, the mouseburger knows that a sufficient degree of that particular currency belongs to few women and certainly not to her. Nevertheless, the mouseburger demonstrates characteristics that bode well for success: an instinctive drive, a willingness to work hard at any task, and a determination to support herself and attain independence."
Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon
Forever obsessed with the mirror effect.
Photo by Tom Scola
So far, we’ve had press from Gothamist Daily, Huffington Post, Brooklyn Paper, Brokelyn, Flavorpill, Daily Planet, Village Voice, TimeOut NY, New York Magazine, and a short, funny audio interview we did with Eleanor Kagan.
This thing is growing! More excited for Sunday than ever. Hope to see some of you there.
First day of being unemployed (until June) was a success.
I was very productive—picked up a lot of things we need for the Zine Fest from Staples, worked on some necessary layouts, bought a tiny french press (saving $ by making coffee at home), did the dishes, mailed out zines, and read.
This is how I want most of these days to go. I want to relax, run some errands, enjoy the fresh air and do at least a little work on the apartment each day. Every once in a while, I’ll go to a movie matinee or a museum. Maybe I’ll even draw or write. Look at wedding dresses. Visit my parents..
The sun is shining and I’m excited to see what I can get done today.
In preparation for the Brooklyn Zine Fest (APRIL 15, PUBLIC ASSEMBLY), we’ll be doing a reading earlier in the week at Brooklyn Fire Proof.
I’m not 100% certain that I’ll be reading from I Love Bad Movies just yet—I’ll probably go with a couple wonder-terrible poems from my Craigslist e-mail collection Oh My/Oh No instead—but come and support us, have a drink and enjoy listening to some selections from our favorite local writers.
April 11 / Brooklyn Fire Proof / 7PM
And on a related note, we’ve been getting some press!
Friday was my last day at a job I had been doing for nearly three years—it was the longest full-time, permanent position I’ve ever had (I’d worked at Scholastic 2007-2009 prior to that but it was only 3-6 months at a time). I liked the position and the workplace quite a bit when I started but it became more stressful and less satisfying as years went on. A lot of people that I liked working with left the company and the pay that started out ‘pretty good’ became less so as furloughs, lack of raises and growing workload piled up.
In short, it was time to move on.
The great news is that I will be starting at The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, in a customer support position on June 18th. This means I have 77 days to spend however I wish and I can’t even express how excited I am about having this time off.
Here’s the part where I wanted to write a list of all the things I will do during this time—think of all the things you could do with your afternoon if you didn’t have a 9 to 5 job but still had the safety of knowing you’ll start one soon—but I recently watched that Ted Talk about sharing your goals with others, so, I think I’ll keep that list off-line and update you as I make progress on various projects.