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Longreads Member Exclusive: The Junket

This week we're thrilled to feature Mike Albo's "The Junket" as our Longreads Member pick. Albo is the author of The Underminer and Hornito, and "The Junket" was recommended by Longreads managing editor Mike Dang, who writes: 

"I've never read a piece by Mike Albo that I didn't like. He's written for lots of glossies and websites like The Awl and Narratively, and his pieces are always honest, relevant and brutally funny. This week's exclusive is no different. 'The Junket' is Albo's novella about the story behind how he lost his part-time column at a prominent newspaper in New York that he calls 'The Paper' due to a media firestorm that unfairly accused him of violating the publications's ethics policy when he went on an all-expenses-paid media junket to Jamaica. It's also a story about the difficulties of earning a living as a full-time freelancer in an expensive city, and how independent contractors, who don't earn a steady salary or receive benefits of any kind from the places they consistently work for, are so easily disposable. 'The Junket' is a thinly veiled, fictionalized account of what happened to Albo, but it's wickedly funny, and will ring true for anyone who's ever had to file an invoice and cross their fingers for a paycheck."

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AUTHOR:Mike Albo
PUBLISHED: Dec. 19, 2012
LENGTH: 55 minutes (13819 words)

Lost in Space

Searching for love, meaning—and yes, sex—after 10 years in the online hookup scene:

"I am at my local hipster restaurant, in Park Slope. The young straight guys next to me are talking about how the dating website Plenty of Fish has a new GPS-oriented smartphone app that finds women nearby, listing their profiles and proximity, and of course, showing a photo.

"'Look at this one!' says one guy, tapping and stroking his phone, 'I hooked up with her last week.' They all gather around and look at her. 'She’s, like, three hundred feet away from here.' They are practically shivering with excitement at the ease and abundance of potential partners suddenly available to them.

"I sit at the end of the bar and laugh to myself like an old, salty sea captain. Once again, gay guys are a step ahead."
AUTHOR:Mike Albo
PUBLISHED: Oct. 8, 2012
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5208 words)