After a year and a half of being shut out of
comedy clubs and movie theaters, due to the pandemic, I went to a comedy club
last week and then to the movies. I felt like a tourist at first, yet it was
all familiar. I can’t believe I could go so long without participating in the
things that make me who I am.
I love the arts, from museums and Broadway shows, to movies and bookstores. When I was a teen-ager, pre-Netflix, pre-Internet, and pre-cable, I lived in the movie theater. I hung with friends, went on dates, and joined my family at the movie theater. One year, I saw 100 first-run, big-screen movies. Popcorn every time!
When it comes to comedy I have seen some greats perform — Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin, Louis CK, Andrew Dice Clay, Rodney Dangerfield, Jackie Mason, Billy Crystal, Joan Rivers — but most of the time at clubs it is a bunch of unknowns fighting to get out of obscurity. Who doesn’t like to laugh as they hear foolosophy dished?
I remember when local bookstores re-opened months after the initial pandemic wave hit New York. What a relief it was to see those doors open up again. I had taken bookstores for granted. Never again.
But things are still not fully back. Bookstores in my area still don’t hold author events. Libraries were shuttered only until very recently and they still don’t let you linger. Get your book and get out. That’s not conducive to opening the mind and allowing for discovery. Plays are still not really available, either. Broadway comes back in the fall.
The good news coming out of the pandemic economy is that book sales are up, up, up. The plague that killed 600,000 Americans, hammered our economy, and limited our freedoms, did not destroy the book world. People have chosen to weather — and escape from — pandemic mania — with books. The trend continues as we resume many other normalized activities.
Ah, going back to the arts is awesome. I wish more things were open and available, but luckily books are readily available for consumption, feeding us new ideas, fantasies, history, beauty, and all things that make life worth living.
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