Here’s my favorite quote from a NY Times article about Emma Koenig (who is a cute girl into "hookups" who had a Tumblr blog I never heard of which lead to a $10,000 advance for a book):
To aid in their decision-making on how much to help their daughter, Ms. Bass made a spreadsheet of all her daughter’s friends who were in the performing arts. “I wanted to see who was making a living, who was making a living in their art and who was being supported by their parents,” she said. In a graph of 45 young adults, only 3 were getting no help whatsoever, and those 3, Ms. Bass said, were working full time either in a restaurant or baby-sitting, and had limited energy left over to pursue what they had studied.
“It made me see that Emma’s social context was such that our helping with her rent was legitimate,” Ms. Bass said. “I didn’t feel like we were indulging her. I felt like it was a necessary fifth year of college where she had to stabilize herself without the structure and positive feedback of school.”
Another lesson not to do something creative unless you have parents willing to pay your rent to live in Manhattan for two years.
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Emma’s older brother graduated from Columbia and is the lead singer of an Indie rock band.