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Brisket is cooked and served by Avigail S. Oren, a historian, bookworm, pop culture vulture, and makeup enthusiast. At the core of everything I write for Brisket is a tough piece of meat—an idea that cannot adequately be served as a quick, searing reaction. These are not essays that can easily be pitched to traditional media outlets because they're not pegged to a news cycle, nor are they always evergreen topics. Brisket is the space I have created to serve this thoughtful, unconventional writing.  

Brisket is on Patreon because I have found only one other way to monetize staring into space, and that's to earn money lying inside an MRI machine as a medical research subject. Staring into space is the most important part of the writing process, but most writers can't afford the time--they have to churn out a lot of copy in order to make a living. By becoming a patron of Brisket, you know that you are consuming thoughtful, high-quality, meaty writing, like when you choose the free-range over the factory-farmed option at the butcher counter. It's better for you, and better for the cow (and yes, I am the cow in this metaphor).

Curious about what I've covered so far?

No. 1: "The Pundit vs. The Public Intellectual"
"The temptation might be to call those with PhDs the intellectuals and label everyone else as pundits, but plenty of PhDs engage in punditry and plenty of public intellectuals don’t have PhDs..."
 

No. 2: "Binging Purging: Why Are Decluttering Videos So Popular?"
"A decluttering video sounds like the most boring content that the social media ecosystem could ever create, like what reality TV would be if it was true to its name. But this new genre of programming is as alluring and popular as some of the smaller reality TV franchises, if not the Kardashians. A search for “decluttering” on YouTube in April 2018 returns 581,000 videos..."

No. 3: "Kardash-I-Can"
"The Kardashian-Jenner family provides an illustrative example of how female-identifying entrepreneurs are portrayed, perceived, and discussed. Although in many ways their story is exceptional, their entrepreneurial narrative overlaps with that of many other women."

No. 4: "Cosmopolitan Cityzenship" (The Pittsburgh Travelogues)
"I’ll wrestle with the city’s provincialism while walking through museums that are evidence of its cosmopolitanism, and struggle not to say “it-was-better-back-then” when drinking at all of the new restaurants, bars, and breweries that have popped up in gentrifying neighborhoods. The goal is not to end with a satisfying and tidy feeling that I’m now a legitimate Pittsburgher, but rather to interrogate the assumptions I have developed about the place I live and to decide what that says about me as much as about this city and its people." 

Thanks so much for throwing me some bread to go with my Brisket!
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Brisket is cooked and served by Avigail S. Oren, a historian, bookworm, pop culture vulture, and makeup enthusiast. At the core of everything I write for Brisket is a tough piece of meat—an idea that cannot adequately be served as a quick, searing reaction. These are not essays that can easily be pitched to traditional media outlets because they're not pegged to a news cycle, nor are they always evergreen topics. Brisket is the space I have created to serve this thoughtful, unconventional writing.  

Brisket is on Patreon because I have found only one other way to monetize staring into space, and that's to earn money lying inside an MRI machine as a medical research subject. Staring into space is the most important part of the writing process, but most writers can't afford the time--they have to churn out a lot of copy in order to make a living. By becoming a patron of Brisket, you know that you are consuming thoughtful, high-quality, meaty writing, like when you choose the free-range over the factory-farmed option at the butcher counter. It's better for you, and better for the cow (and yes, I am the cow in this metaphor).

Curious about what I've covered so far?

No. 1: "The Pundit vs. The Public Intellectual"
"The temptation might be to call those with PhDs the intellectuals and label everyone else as pundits, but plenty of PhDs engage in punditry and plenty of public intellectuals don’t have PhDs..."
 

No. 2: "Binging Purging: Why Are Decluttering Videos So Popular?"
"A decluttering video sounds like the most boring content that the social media ecosystem could ever create, like what reality TV would be if it was true to its name. But this new genre of programming is as alluring and popular as some of the smaller reality TV franchises, if not the Kardashians. A search for “decluttering” on YouTube in April 2018 returns 581,000 videos..."

No. 3: "Kardash-I-Can"
"The Kardashian-Jenner family provides an illustrative example of how female-identifying entrepreneurs are portrayed, perceived, and discussed. Although in many ways their story is exceptional, their entrepreneurial narrative overlaps with that of many other women."

No. 4: "Cosmopolitan Cityzenship" (The Pittsburgh Travelogues)
"I’ll wrestle with the city’s provincialism while walking through museums that are evidence of its cosmopolitanism, and struggle not to say “it-was-better-back-then” when drinking at all of the new restaurants, bars, and breweries that have popped up in gentrifying neighborhoods. The goal is not to end with a satisfying and tidy feeling that I’m now a legitimate Pittsburgher, but rather to interrogate the assumptions I have developed about the place I live and to decide what that says about me as much as about this city and its people." 

Thanks so much for throwing me some bread to go with my Brisket!

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