How can you ask me with a straight face to work for free?

In fairness, most of the people who ask me to write things for free, with the exception of Arianna Huffington, aren’t the Man; they’re editors of struggling magazines or sites, or school administrators who are probably telling me the truth about their budgets. The economy is still largely in ruins, thanks to the people who “drive the economy” by doing imaginary things on Wall Street, and there just isn’t much money left to spare for people who do actual things anymore.

Tim Kreider tackles the issue of getting writers and artists to work for nothing but exposure in a snarky but honest piece in the @nytimes Review section.