I may not have been in Roy’s shoes (although I did work in a retail warehouse for a couple years), but I’m smart enough to know that he couldn’t be more right in his response to Megan McArdle’s depressing attempt to normalize her elitism.
Not everyone who works at a desk started that way. As a young adult I worked as a busboy, a waiter, a factory hand, and a messenger dispatcher. I’m not talking about a season after college — I mean for years. I got my first writing job more than a decade after I graduated. Not everyone gets fast-tracked out of college to the Atlantic.