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Broke-Ass of the Week: Best Selling Author Jason Myers

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I’m not quite sure when I first heard of Jason Myers, but I do recall when I first met him. I was doing my own little version of Groupon called Broke Bucks and I needed people to help with sales. Jason needed extra work that allowed him to be social since he was diligently writing a book at the time and he answered my call. Broke Bucks didn’t last ling after that because the entire Groupon model fell apart, but Jason and I became buddies. Since then we’ve even done a reading together and often see each other at boozy events. He’s a seriously good dude.

Beyond that though he’s also a stellar writer. Jason Myers is the author of five novels, including best sellers, Exit Here, and Blazed, which was released in June. And also the e-novella, Destroy that’s coming out on July 29th and the novella, Skullburn ’77 that can be found on his website. He’s also the founder of the media company, Exit Here Media, which will be blossoming into a publishing site and record label over the next year. He’s currently working on his next two novels and recently acquired the film rights to Exit Here which he’s beginning to shop around. You also can follow him on twitter for more of his words.
Now let’s see what he has to say about being a broke-ass. 


Name: Jason Myers

Age: 33.

Occupation: Best selling author at Simon & Schuster

What neighborhood do you live in?: Upper Haight

Best money saving tip: Meet someone really attractive with a lot of money. If you’re not that shallow, however, you should find work in an industry you already spend a lot of money enjoying, so you can begin to enjoy their free perks.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Socks and underwear. So every year for Christmas and my birthday, my family sends a like two years worth of both. It’s gross but it’s more common than you think.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A few years of college.

How’d that feel?:  Confusing, a little empty, and cheated.

Favorite cheap eat: Tie between the Taco truck on 16th and South Van Ness. And Saigon Sandwich in the Tenderloin.

Favorite dive bar: Zam Zam in the Upper Haight

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Community service and time served.

Favorite free thing to do: For my first twelve years in SF it was the free first Tuesday of every month at the Moma. I include this only because when it opens back up in 2016, it will still be my favorite. But in the meantime, I’ll take drinking tall cans at the Sutro Baths…still.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Warriors season tickets.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: More and more every day.

Do you own my book?: Yes.

Best hangover cure: A cider, half a valium, and Percocet.

Are you a hipster?: I’m too old to answer this question.

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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.