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The “Being Poor” entry was published today (edited for space, looks like) in the Chicago Tribune op-ed section. I’m very happy about that. Seems like it’s just a good writing day all the way around.

The “Being Poor” entry was published today (edited for space, looks like) in the Chicago Tribune op-ed section. I’m very happy about that. Seems like it’s just a good writing day all the way around.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

11 replies on “In the Trib”

i was going to post a cngratulatory comment in the other thread, but now I can do it here.

The Trib is my hometown paper, and I was extremely pleased to see “Being Poor” there – it is nice to bring that piece to as many readers as possible.

Congratulations Mr. Scalzi.

I did a double-take this morning when reading the Trib’s editorial page. “Hey, I’ve seen this before!”

Anyway, congrats. I’ll be watching out for those letters to the editor Mythago mentioned!

Thanks for a wonderfully written piece. I’m not so sure some of the Trib’s readers can identify, but I can. I’ve personally experienced the part about people who aren’t poor believing I’ve made a choice, and many of the other things you’ve mentioned.

I was leaving my apartment today and decided to turn on the radio to keep my cats company (yeah, I know, leave the crazy cat lady alone, ‘k?). Without thinking I turned it to AM, where I listen to my local Air America station. There, on KTLK in Los Angeles, was Johnny Wendell reading “Being Poor” and properly crediting John Scalzi (though I suspect he mispronounced your last name).

This minute, as I was typing this, he just pimped your website, saying he’s been reading you for years. I have to say, it gave me a warm feeling inside to hear him.

Way to go there, Mr. Scalzi.

John, After spending a day in a Reporting and Writing class, being told what makes good writing and what does not at the Columbia School of Journalism, I have to tell you that your piece defies many rules, yet comes across as one of the best pieces I have ever read. Period.

Thank you for an honest and incredibly touching piece. I could relate to many of the sentences and hope that those who could not can still get the message.

Best of luck to you,

~Carla

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