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What It Really Takes To Survive In New York City In Your 20s

But making it in the Big Apple as a person in your late 20s or early 30s isn't as glamorous as they make it out to be in "Sex in the City" or "Girls<i>."</i><p>New York has one of the highest costs of living in the country. Recently, there have been reports that New York is even pushing out its middle class. …

Real Estate

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Lost in the Meritocracy

How I traded an education for a ticket to the ruling class<p>On the bus ride down to St. Paul to take the test that will help determine who will get ahead in life, who will stay put, and who will fall behind, two of my closest buddies seal their fates by opening pint bottles of cherry schnapps the …

Andy Warhol

What Roger Ebert Knew About Writing

"If you pay attention to the movies they will tell you what people desire and fear."

For Aspiring Editors

Young novelist William Saroyan dreamed of one day editing a magazine, and so in 1936 sought advice on that very aspiration from the great H. L. …

30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors

Writing is easy: All you have to do is start writing, finish writing, and make sure it's good. But here's some vastly more useful wisdom and advice from people who seriously know what the hell they're talking about.<p>Design by Chris Ritter for BuzzFeed

Creative Writing

Writers' Favorite Punctuation Marks

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Today is a special holiday! Happy National Punctuation Day. Punctuation can be both the great love …

Ray Bradbury: “The Things That You Love Should Be Things That You Do.” “Books Teach Us That”

“I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you all here,” says Ray Bradbury above, in a lengthy interview with the The Big Read project sponsored by …

Lena Dunham: Girl on Top

How Lena Dunham turned a life of anxiety, bad sex and countless psychiatric meds into the funniest show on TV<p>WRAP UP," the big, blinking sign kept …

What Extremely Successful People Were Doing At Age 25

Others reinvent themselves, changing careers and industries until they find something that works.<p>Billionaire Mark Cuban struggled when he first started, writing in "How To Win At The Sport Of Business" that "when I got to Dallas, I was struggling — sleeping on the floor with six guys in a …

Success

On the Road: following Kerouac across the US

The USA is a big country, and whenever anyone’s tried to define it – be they a Charles Dickens, a Mark Twain or a Stephen Fry – they’ve hit the road. So did the Beat Generation in the 1940s. They’d skip class to dig jazz and debate their place in Cold War America. And then they’d hit the road: …

Literature

Fall 2011

Counter Culture: Cash For Gold<p>Adam Matcho<p>The owner of the collectables shop opened the glass door, walked into the Cash for Gold office, and told me …

Magnifying Glass

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Pennsylvania ~ Pittsburgh

Cleveland woman Priscilla Cooper talks poverty and stigma in her city

Rust Belt Revival? Thank the Recession

Rust – that gritty sign of obsolescence – has over the past few decades seemed the perfect metaphor for the swath of the United States that was once …

The Black Forest: the darker side of Pittsburgh's underground art scene

Unicorn Mountain is a collective of Pittsburgh artists that publishes anthologies of local art, comics, music and literature. Their third anthology,</i> …

The Rust Belt Aesthetic: Conflict and Creativity

The Rust Belt landscape shoves you. If a suburb in Florida serves to take the edge off, Cleveland cuts you into corners. And depending on your poison, this can be a good thing, especially if you are an artist.<p>Take Cleveland painter Amy Casey. Much of her work is fueled by structural vulnerability, …

Urbanism

Rust Belt Reboot Has Downtown Cleveland Rocking

Almost 11 years ago, Phil Alexander opened his company, BrandMuscle, in the affluent Cleveland suburb of Beachwood.<p>We can leave our apartment and walk five feet to a restaurant to get something to eat or to go shopping.<p>The company sells marketing software to corporate clients worldwide, and its …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Winter<p>The silver lining to no early spring? Deeply discounted winter essentials.<p>21 Photos2 days agoView More<p>Super Bowl<p>No one makes a halftime show …

Sean Montgomery

It's official: Pittsburgh is best place to live in U.S. (it even beats Honolulu)

By<p>But no American cities make it into global top 25<p>It may not have won the Super Bowl - but Pittsburgh has something even bigger to celebrate.<p>The …

Where Pittsburgh Has the Sun Belt Beat

Immigration: The key to Buffalo’s success and Cleveland’s decline?

Hodan Isse stands in front of the building that she hopes will soon become a bustling center for the Somali community in Buffalo<p>Villified today by …