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The emails and text messages came fast, almost seeming to pick up speed — this project has been postponed, that gig is canceled, we no longer have the funding to pay you.
Within a matter of days, the work that pays the bills in our house had almost entirely vanished. I am a freelance writer. My fiancée is a cellist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which has canceled the rest of its season, and two quartets, which can no longer perform. A pandemic is not a great time to be in a creative profession.
We also live in New Orleans, which had one of the fastest COVID-19 growth rates in the world and a death rate of about double the national average. We lived under a shelter-in-place ordinance for weeks on end, but that didn’t stop some New Orleanians from throwing ad hoc … Read the rest