I have wondered why solo entertainers with lots of talent would change their hair color to blond, then dress sluttier and sluttier as their career progressed.

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Ugly men don’t get clicked on. Every week for three years, I interviewed four prostitutes, drug dealers, criminals, potential dates (for me), and homeless kids. I have written about this before but my job was to go out on Tuesday nights at 3 in the morning, find out who was roaming the city, for what purpose, and photograph them and interview them.

I learned a useful skill: how to build a quick rapport within seconds with potentially violent criminals and their closest friends. On more than a few occasions we were chased and bottles were thrown at us. In other words, I learned…

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