When he got older, he refined some of his earlier shit. This leads me to conclude he was incompetent because if he wrote good music instead of shit, he wouldn't need to rewrite it. Certainly by actuarial standards, he worked far beyond normal retirement age - wine or whores, or a combination of both, just like Jack Strap. I shudder to think that if Verdi were alive today, he would be one of this pitiful seniors who works in McDonald's because he didn't have a diversified retirement portfolio.
Frederick Douglass: Find out just what any people will quietly submit to
and you have found out the exact measure of injustice
and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these
will continue till they are resisted with either
words or blows, or with both.
ďDonít believe them, donít fear them, donít ask
anything of them.Ē
ref posts 35, 37, 62, 67
I don't blame you.
And I was born in Queens, really...
Born and raised in Brooklyn. Did you stay ... go to Queens College?
^ Nah, parents moved to Oregon when I was 12; but I still remember the opera, ballet, museums, and theaters. My parent's were mad for that stuff and I loved it.
We did all that, too. I loved the Museum of Natural History. I had relatives who had subscriptions to ABT and the Met, so I was lucky to see some amazing performances. Also, they had 'two-fers' for Broadway shows back then and student discounts, so I saw 'Equus' for $10 and sat on stage. NYC had so much middle-class entertainment available then. So sad now that you've got to be rich for a night on the town.
There are still a lot of inexpensive or free lectures, performances, and events through the NYPL, Met, and some other museums, but it definitely isn't as prevalent as it should be. Still, it's much better than any other city I've ever lived in.
Just thought I'd let you know--I'm 32.
There was Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway when I lived in NYC. Some plays were free. But even Broadway shows then were accessible to middle-class New Yorkers. A Carnegie Hall box seat wasn't that expensive, either. My friends and I figured out a way to semi-sneak into Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum to see many rock bands ... I miss those days.
I don't know about then, but now Broadway is pretty much all Musicals and the off classic; however, I don't need to spend $80 to see a celebrity play Willy Loman.
Oh man, that is rough. Good luck in your job search!