A Critique of “How to Make Money in London” by Marie Calloway

Alt Lit Critique

Marie Calloway

In one of Marie Calloway’s earliest published pieces, How to Make Money in London (Thought Catalog, April 18th, 2011), she tells a story about losing her debit card while abroad and posting an ad on Craigslist offering sex for two hundred pounds. For those of you unfamiliar with Calloway, she is undoubtedly one of the most controversial figures in alt lit, as well as one of the most talked about. She created quite a stir with her 2011 piece, Adrien Brody, which went on to be published and championed by Tao Lin, as well as earn her the attention of several larger magazines such as the Observer, Gawker, and Vice.

The artifact being critiqued in this post, however, was published before all of that. It is, in fact, the first work of hers that I ever came across, and I immediately found myself fascinated with the…

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