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BA of the Week: Ghostwriter Manager Oriana Leckert

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Our BA of the Week this time around wrangles ghostwriters for a living! I didn’t even know that job existed. Cool!! Anyways, this is what Oriana said when I asked for a bio from her:

Oriana manages ghostwriters by day and writes the underground arts & culture blog Brooklyn Spaces by night. She is relentlessly happy and will probably correct your grammar.

Let’s See what she has to say about being a broke-ass:

Name: Oriana Leckert

Age: 33

Occupation: Matchmaker for ghostwriters; creatrix of Brooklyn Spaces

What neighborhood do you live in?: East Williamsburg

Best money saving tip: Buy as little as possible, and mostly secondhand things. Dumpstering food helps too.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Bottled water. Even if that’s the only thing I want, I’ll still buy juice.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A new bike

How’d that feel?: Horrible – it got stolen a month later. But now I have a secondhand beater from Time’s Up, which is awesome and what I should have done in the first place.

Favorite cheap eat: Cooking split pea soup or buttermilk pancakes – super cheap, super easy

Favorite dive bar: Second Chance Saloon

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Free flight to Vegas in exchange for sitting through a two-hour time-share presentation

Favorite free thing to do: There is so much free stuff to do in NYC in the summers – every single night there’s a movie or a concert or play in like every single park. I don’t get much sleep in the summers.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: An apartment with roof access

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yes!!!

Do you own my book?: I don’t. Maybe you’ll give me a free copy?

Best hangover cure: Moderation? (I’m not much of a drinker.)

Are you a hipster?: Eh, probably.

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I've been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle , "an SF cult hero": SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York, but to those familiar with my work, I'm just "that douchebag who writes books about cheap stuff and drinks a lot".