My Low-Wage Job at the Circus
Not one of those big, tacky circuses—something more European and intimate.
Nancy Matson's essays have appeared at Narratively, Bustle, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, and in the Bad Jobs & Bullshit anthology from Geeky Press. Her writing about used goods and thrift stores has appeared in WeLikeLa, Krrb, and her own website urging people to keep unwanted items out of the landfill, stuffyoudontwant.com.
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