Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Prose at the Rose: Fulwiler

On line now: the latest interview and reading from Prose at the Rose, my podcast on local writers and writing at the College of Saint Rose radio. My guest this episode is colleague Megan Fulwiler who reads a wonderful essay on the challenges of buying a house as a single woman. We have fun talking about writing and teaching writing and her essay will make you laugh even as you share her anxiety in the face of intimidating paperwork and byzantine processes.

6 comments:

Elena Steier said...

Hey, that was lots of fun.

I've never lived in a rental. I didn't realize how odd that was until hearing the essay.

K. A. Laity said...

Oh yeah -- except for childhood, I've always lived in rentals. All that money in some one else's pocket...

Crispinus said...

There's more to renting than conventional thinking would have you believe. Yeah, you're lining a landlord's pocket. But you're also free (in most cases) from school and municipal taxes, as well as insurance and large maintenance costs.

I've seen some detailed arguments against owning lately; here's a short version.

K. A. Laity said...

Say it ain't so, Crispinus! You have my dream house.

Yeah, there are drawbacks, no doubt. Looking at houses I thought we might afford, I was surprised to the total payments were about double what I thought they'd be.

Cranky Yankee said...

I lived in rental all my life...I would really love to have my own house someday. Yes, I've heard the pros & cons, but there's just something about owning your own place...*sigh*

K. A. Laity said...

Indeed -- it's a powerful lure. I want my 3 Beekman Place. Well, really I want my sprawling Victorian farm house, but I have come to realize I can probably never afford such a thing. But there are all kinds of other interesting spaces in this area. An old church? An old factory? The new Wombat Manor!