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The dream assignment for many a reporter, a staff gig at the New Yorker, doesn’t come easy. It took former staff writer Dan Baum seventeen years to break in.

Now, he’s highlighted the story of getting hired and fired from the New Yorker, all via Twitter. One of our favorite passages, “I’d worked for The Wall Street Journal, and found that people were way more eager to return calls from Rolling Stone. A friend explained it this way: If you get quoted in The Wall Street Journal, you might get rich. If you get quoted in Rolling Stone, you might get laid.”

And this little bit about the job description: “…there’s no health insurance, no 401K, and most of all, no guarantee of a job beyond one year. My gig was a straight dollars-for-words arrangement: 30,000 words a year for $90,000. And the contract was year-to-year.”

Read the full thing here. GalleyCat’s Jason Boog gives his take here. If anything, this is good publicity for Baums’ recently released book, NINE LIVES: Death and Life in New Orleans.