Keith,

Thank you for your kind words! I’m very glad my work seems to resonate with you. In a nutshell, I’m a French-American journalist who was felled by major depressive disorder shortly after immigrating to the U.S. in 2013.

Right now, I’m using Medium as a kind of sandbox in order to build up the confidence to start pitching publications again. My limited experience with U.S. ones has been underwhelming — there’s a hunger for so-called evergreen content no one actually reads all the way through and a fondness for clickbait. Besides, the pay is abysmal and there’s a widespread lack of basic courtesy: Few editors bother to even acknowledge receiving a pitch, much less reject it.

Instead of sending more words into a black hole, I’ve decided to experiment with Medium. The big difference here generally — but not always — is the absence of editorial oversight or copy-editing. This means I have to try and do all this myself most of the time. Having done this professionally before in the news business, it’s not impossible but the result probably means my work isn’t as good as it could be with outside input.

Then again, most anyone who writes on this platform is in the same boat.

However, there’s a huge plus: complete editorial control. Have a bee in your bonnet and want to write about it? Just go for it. I like this a lot.

Going back to what you write, I don’t think the inability (or is that unwillingness?) to adjust to capitalism or American culture is… a pathology. Or if it is then I suffer from it too! To me, it sounds like you’re actually aware of America’s shortcomings while the vast majority of people still aren’t.

The way I look at it, Trump is the inevitable consequence of said culture and capitalism. He’s also a brutal, violent wake-up call for all of us in America to do better.

Also, 17 jobs in 42 years doesn’t sound like a lot. I’m way younger than you but I’ve probably had about 10 different ones so far, in about as many countries.

Lastly, although my posts are behind the Medium paywall, I always share direct links (friends’ links) to everything so anyone can read and share it, not just Medium members. To keep my work accessible, there’s a link to my “coffee fund” in my bio but I don’t push it. There’s always an element of service in what I do, which means no one should be left behind. Find me on Twitter if you like, and feel free to DM for any link — always happy to share them. You can email me for a list.

If you can afford to join Medium however, I strongly recommend you do so. It’s truly an oasis of interestingness for curious minds.

KHE

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