Today I learned that more than half of the people with whom I went to graduated school (MA/MFA/Ph.D) are not teaching full-time on the tenure track - but that was the goal for many of us. That's either an indictment of the system or we were deluded and thought, "Yeah, the market is lousy… but I'm a special snowflake and will be treasured by a school."
I'm going with the totally deluded option.
Thankfully, I have freelance writing gigs and some other projects.
Yesterday, I was seated near yet another Starbucks barista finishing a humanities degree. Seriously, too, not a cliche. A genuine art student in a black t-shirt and torn jeans.