Prior to Concierge Medicine, My Access to Health Care Was Inferior to that of My Cat: Ari Armstrong begins: “Although I loved my previous doctor, I had a difficult time scheduling a timely appointment with her. When I last called, I was told I’d have to wait three months to schedule a routine physical. Such delays are not unusual; many Americans–including many of my friends–are having trouble getting in to see a doctor in a timely manner (although for serious emergencies Americans almost always receive fast and excellent care).”
Is there a “culturally ingrained disdain” for musicians?: “I am sick to death of your hollow schtick, of the inevitable line ‘unfortunately there’s no budget for music’, as if some fixed law of the universe handed you down a sad but immutable financial verdict preventing you from budgeting to pay for music. Your company set out the budget. So you have chosen to allocate no money for music. I get begging letters like this every week – from a booming, affluent global media industry.”
Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?: I live in the far west now, but I’m amused that northern New Jersey is “New Netherland.” I grew up outside Flemington, and I thought that most everyone having a last name of “VanThis” and “VanThat” was perfectly normal… that is, until my family moved to Maryland, and nary a “VanAnything” was to be found!
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