Wednesday, June 14, 2006
A Lackey's Life
Postings have been light here and will probably continue to be so for another week while I work as a lackey to the rich.
Not literally, but in a sense all working class folk are lackeys to the ownership class.
Or as John Lennon once sang, "you're [we're] all fucking peasants as far as I can see."
This is the way it's always been in our particular Western culture, and it probably always will be.
People have been trying to change the situation to a more equitable and civilized status for centuries...
...but though the players have changed, the structure has remained the same.
Along with working too hard lately for paying clients (who in truth are somewhere in the middle of the food chain), I have also been impersonating an 18th-century lackey in Sevilla, Spain for a production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" at the San Francisco Opera.
The production opened last Saturday and has about another 8 performances over the course of June.
The young cast is sexy and in good voice, the direction by John Copley seems to be amusing the audience no end, and the music is possibly Mozart's best.
Or, as Pauline Kael once wrote in the context of a particular Buster Keaton movie, "arguably Mozart's finest, but amongst the Mozart riches who can be sure?"