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September 15, 2005

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.

Posted by john at September 15, 2005 09:12 AM

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John Needham | September 15, 2005 09:56 AM

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.

Anonymous | September 15, 2005 09:57 AM

Ah geez, and of course, "preview" is your friend, as I've been reminded before. Sorry about the typos.....

mythago | September 15, 2005 10:29 AM


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.

SaraS | September 15, 2005 10:32 AM

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!

Lauren McLaughlin | September 15, 2005 12:32 PM

Well done, Scalzi.

Joe Hass | September 15, 2005 03:36 PM

And, as an added bonus, as of 3:36 pm ET, the link to it (complete with author's name) appears on the Trib home page.

Nice job, John!

Anonymous | September 15, 2005 05:37 PM

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.

Chris Gerrib | September 15, 2005 11:09 PM

Like John, the Tribune is my hometown paper, and I'm glad to see your work get some recognition.

Carol | September 18, 2005 04:27 PM

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.

Carla | September 19, 2005 10:53 PM

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,


John Scalzi | September 20, 2005 12:01 AM

Thanks, Carla.

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