Writers vs Commerce

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If you’re in New York on January 17th, we urge you to attend the event Writers vs Commerce at the amazing Housing Works Bookstore at 7:00pm.

“Commerce and capitalism rarely smile upon the dedicated writer. Too many of our favorite contemporary authors struggle simply to pay rent. Novelists Porochista Khakpour, Simon Van Booy, and Matthew Aaron Goodman will each address this topic. With music provided by Travis Laplante.”

We also recommend donating to their Kickstarter. Since the authors will be discussing the struggles of making a living as a writer, it seems only apropos that they get paid for their time!


Pat Johnson is currently working on his master’s in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, and is the owner and editor of the satirical news website The New Porker. When Pat’s not reading or writing he’s likely squeezing a lime into a Tecate and headed to the dance floor. He also creates short films, documentaries, and sketch comedies. Pat is completing his first novel, The Virgin and Marilyn Monroe, and writing a book of Creative Non-Fiction short stories. More from this author →