My alarm is set for 8 a.m., but instead I wake up at 7:06 a.m. I consider ignoring my body clock, and going back to bed, but I decide to embrace the display and get up. I lift up my phone and surf through my Instagram feed, listening to NPR. The radio hosts are discussing unemployment, which is perfect timing. They’re talking to me.
With one ear I listen and with one finger I scroll. They tell me that unemployment claims have dropped, which is a good thing. I’m unemployed, but not collecting unemployment––did they count me in that number? Adam Davidson, from Planet Money, goes on to tell me that the U.S. economy is showing a healthy amount of “froth.” Froth, he reports, refers to short-term contract jobs, and the people who fill them. He describes the creative types who typically fill those jobs. Like artists, or actors, or writers. Me, me, me. Read More