Most Eastern Europeans and Balkanci I meet are perplexed when I tell them I would trade places with them any day; America (and Canada, to a lesser extent), of course, are the “lands of opportunity and wealth.”
A son calls his mother from his studio apartment in San Francisco. She lives in the selo, back in the Old Country.
Frank: Mama, iman ti nešto reć! (Mom, I’ve got something to tell you!)
This is an article I originally published on Medium. I thought it would be relevant to post it again here because I’ve recently been writing about related topics. Selonomics, at its core, is an attempt to understand the ethics of work, by asking “How much should I work? Can I get more by doing less? When is it really worth it to do more?”