“First, a little about the job of New Yorker staff writer. ‘Staff writer’ is a bit of a misnomer, as you’re not an employee,
“But rather a contractor. So there’s no health insurance, no 401K, and most of all, no guarantee of a job beyond one year.
“My gig was a straight dollars-for-words arrangement: 30,000 words a year for $90,000. And the contract was year-to-
“Year. Every September, I was up for review. Turns out, all New Yorker writers work this way, even the bigfeet. It’s