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Jason Wyman was a whore. Now, he’s married. That’s all you need to know.

Oh…and you can check out his writing at Queerly Complex and In Our Words. And…yeah…his two businesses 14 Black Poppies and OutLook Theater Project. See, he’s still a whore.

Name: Jason Wyman

Age: Older than some and younger than others

Occupation: Professionally underemployed (aka writer and arts educator)

What neighborhood do you live in?: Well I say The Mission, but the neighborhood association claims it is Potrero Hill and the real estate listings say it’s New Media Gulch. Whatever.

Best money saving tip: Buy high quality ramen (like Nong Shim), not that Top Ramen shit. Sure it is a littlemore expensive, but it is infinitely more delectable. Add to it a couple of frozen wontons, greens, eggs, tomatoes, etc. and you have a filling (and spicy) meal all for pennies.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: There is nothing I flat out refuse to spend money on. Rather I don’t have money to spend.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My couch.

How’d that feel?: I was nervous, but we got an excellent deal on the interest on a credit card. So we had it paid off before interest accrued. Best decision ever! And it’s comfy not like those craigslist pieces of shit.

Favorite cheap eat: Hands down, Tulan.

Favorite dive bar: Well…it was The Eagle until it was closed. Now, I don’t have a favorite.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: God this is a fucking hard question as I’m normally the one giving deals. Does that make me a sucker?

Favorite free thing to do: Wandering San Francisco paying attention to all the beauty of this fine city.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Art. Lots and lots of art.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: I love my life. I have found incredible ease in being as poor as I am.

Do you own my book?: No, I do not. You have a website.

Best hangover cure: Weed. Or more booze. Need I say more?

Are you a hipster?: Only if singing made up songs and skipping home from the bus stop makes me one.

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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.