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Broke-Ass of the Week – Writer & Blogger Tim Anderson

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I’m currently  in Barcelona, so as you can imagine, I don’t really wanna write long introductions.  So I’m just gonna paste Tim’s answer to my question of “Is there anything you want me to mention in the introduction”:

The main thing I’d like mentioned is the book: Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries. It would be great to have a link to the book website and also to my blogs. Oh, and one other thing it would be great to mention is the short film I put together (about 20 minutes) to promote the book, which is viewable on the youtube. Here are all those links:

So without further ado, here is Tim Anderson’s Broke-Ass of the Week Interview:

Name: Tim Anderson

Age: 37

Occupation: Editor, writer, blogger, celebrity sex-tape authenticator

What neighborhood do you live in?: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

What are you listening to these days?: I’m totally obsessed with my two recent purchases, Dum Dum Girls’ 'œI Will Be' and Best Coast’s 'œCrazy For You'. Both are full of wonderful summertime jams. I haven’t listened to anything else in a week except for my boyfriend telling me to turn the shit down.

Best money saving tip: Don’t ever spend money on plastic containers. Just keep and reuse the ones you got for free with the wonton soup.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Sex, unless my boyfriend really needs the money. Also ravioli. One should never order ravioli in a restaurant. You never get enough and you’re still hungry and then you have to go to another cheaper restaurant to get full and that means you don’t have any money left over for rice pudding at that place on Spring Street.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: my viola (still not totally paid for)

How’d that feel?: I was numb from the guilt.

Favorite cheap eat: Carmine’s Pizzeria on Graham Ave., in Brooklyn. Or the taco cart on Bedford Ave.

Favorite dive bar: The Levee on Berry in Williamsburg for their wonderful Frito pie.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Hmmm. Well 'œfree' is usually a good deal'”I have a friend who works at Kraft as a food scientist and she often gives me her latest test projects. I’ve gotten cookies, yummy peanut snacks, and Wheat Thins experiments. Don’t ever ask her about her Wheat Thins experiments, though, because it’s a really boring story. (Hi Kelly!)

Favorite free thing to do: Ride my bike around New York trying not to get doored. Also riding my bike to the beach. Some friends and I rode out to Fort Tilden a few weeks ago. The water was freezing, which was obviously awesome.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Anderson Cooper. No, James Franco. Eh, one or the other.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Yes! I’ve just published my first book (Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries, ahem) and even though I self-published and have no publicity/marketing budget, I’m still giddy about having it out and available on the webnet.

Do you own my book?: You have a book too?!

Best hangover cure: Strawberry Pop tarts

Are you a hipster?: No, I don’t meet the weight requirement.

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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.


  1. jimmy
    October 11, 2010 at 10:59 am — Reply

    Yay Timbo!!

  2. October 11, 2010 at 11:22 am — Reply

    I’ll see your Wheat Thins experiment story and raise you one Triscuit blurb. A male family member of mine won’t eat Triscuits because he says they contain so much oil you can light them on fire and use for kindling. He likes to demonstrate this truthiness, for effect.

    Turns out he’s right. But still, they are so delicious!

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