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BA of the Week – Anhvu Buchanan

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Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spirit — probably not.

Wanna be a Broke-Ass of the Week? Holler at us here and we’ll send you the questionnaire.

When I asked Anhvu what he’d like to be included in the intro to his Broke-Ass of the Week, this is what he said.  It’s kinda amazing:

Even though I have the same stylist as Betty White, I’m hella broke and will be for another few years. My book of poems still isn’t published and when someone wanted to publish it they wanted me to pay them (looking at you BLAZEVOX) and I’m too broke for that. Maybe one day it’ll get published and I’ll be able to buy the Pug I’ve always wanted to replace the dog my ex girlfriend won’t let me see. Also, I met Broke Ass Stuart once at an Indie Flea Market type thing and got a sticker from him. He’s dope and if I was Broke Ass of the Week I think it would improve my chances of getting on The Real World and fulfilling my dream of being the first Asian Guy on that show. I started a movement called The Bromanticism Poetry Movement. It’ll be huge one day, watch. Love you Kanye and Paul Rudd!

Like I said, amazing!  Read below for his answers to our harrowing questions:

Name? Anhvu Buchanan

Age? 27

Occupation? Teacher / Poet

What neighborhood do you live in? Western Addition / Panhandleish

Best Money Saving Tip? Never go out anywhere when it’s not happy hour hours and always go places that accept credit cards.

What do you refuse to spend money? Music. Sorry musicians I’ll support you by going to your shows (as long as it’s less than 20 dollars)

Most Expensive Thing You’ve Ever Bought? Macbook

How’d that feel? Fine because I used my student loan money to pay for it (still paying off my student loans off by the way)

Favorite Cheap Eat? Tu Lan (huge amounts of Vietnamese food for super cheap)

Favorite Dive Bar? Casanova

Best Deal You’ve Ever Gotten? Free Dinner at Lime! (thanks to my sugar mama((they come in handy if you’re BROKE))

Favorite Free Thing To Do? Art Gallery Openings = free everything.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy? A Home. I want to be known as a HOMEOWNER one day.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life? Fo sure!

Do you own my book? Nope but I do own one of your broke and beautiful stickers that’s on my laptop.

Best hangover cure? Sleep and coconut water (if you can afford it)

Are you a hipster? I’m super legit.


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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.