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Natalie is a poet/artist/gemini. She got a fancy degree in poetry & then decided to go get a fancy advanced degree in poetry as well. She makes videos, & poems, & pictures, & stuff which can be found on her blog. She also vlogs about poetry sometimes. Let’s chekc out her insights into brokeitude.

Name: Natalie (after the soap opera character on All My Children whose evil twin, Janet, repeatedly steals her life/kids/husband).

Age: In between.

Occupation: Poet.

What neighborhood do you live in?: Prospect Park South, BK. (It’s really Flatbush).

Best money saving tip: Only eat rice from 5lbs bags purchased at the corner bodega. Not only will you save a shitload of money, you will also develop that oh-so-popular waif-ish starvation look.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Paper towels. Toilet paper works for everything.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A B.A. in poetry from The New School…

How’d that feel?: Like a stroke wrapped in a bacon blanket sautéed in unfulfilled promise.

Favorite cheap eat: The Caribbean cafeteria a few blocks from my place. That curried tofu is the shit.

Favorite dive bar: The Lincoln Park Tavern. I bring all my gentlemen callers there.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: I found an Alexander McQueen scarf on the ground a while back… is that a deal?

Favorite free thing to do: Feel superior to the people reading romance novels in public.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: My apartment. Then one of those giant kitty condos.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Most of the time…. like 93.7% of the time.

Do you own my book?: Er….um….of course….

Best hangover cure: Water, vitamin B12, & keepin’ yer eyes closed.

Are you a hipster?: I was born & raised in Portlandia, & now I live in Brooklyn. I couldn’t NOT be a hipster if I tried.

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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.

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