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Inside: Identity Issue

In Inside on November 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

OK, I know I’m a little biased. I don’t care. I’m still going to post stuff from Inside’s Identity Issue. Feel free to comment on the issue.

CJ LOTZ (INSIDE)

The basement was where he found his voice. Three years ago, in Colorado, Andy Lunsford walked down the stairs. He put on a CD he’d bought on a whim years ago from Target, “Lifescapes: Opera.”

It was the only opera music he owned, and he thought it would be a soothing break from what was happening in his life.

He was declaring personal bankruptcy, and he had a long way to fall. The granite business he’d started was on track to sell $6 million in countertops that year. In slacks and a tie at 26, the young entrepreneur employed 40 people. Now, with the economy crashing, Andy watched his world collapse. He would lose his home, his cars, and his credit. The only things left were his wife and two young sons.

So he listened to opera in the basement he no longer owned.

He enjoyed musicals growing up, but the only opera he’d heard was on spaghetti commercials. When he put on the CD, it was a blur of Italian noise. He closed his eyes, then started humming. Then he sang. Sounds, not words.

I already posted Caitlin Johnston’s essay, but you can read it here.

Did anything else in the issue catch your eye?

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