I just have to ask if you were compensated in some way for writing this piece.
Sean Neville
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No . . . I wasn’t compensated in any way. I would have disclosed it if I was. Also, if I was, this post would have been behind the paywall, right?

My take on your second point is this: a lot of writing is behind some kind of paywall. If you write a book, people buy it to read it. If you’re published in a magazine, people buy it to read it. Everything is going to be okay.

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