In the Trib

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.

11 Comments on “In the Trib”

  1. 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.

  2. Woohoo!

    Let’s start a pool on how many letters they print insisting that if the poor just cut coupons and stopped going to casinos, they’d be middle-class.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Carol Elaine – Spend my days being creative with acting stuff & cleaning up after animals for money. Spend my evenings cleaning cat puke for free. 'Tis a glamorous life.

    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.

  6. 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,


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