I Miss the Opera

Yesterday I was at the library at Lincoln Center and I had to pass by the Met. Sigh. I haven’t been here in I don’t know how many years. Maybe I will treat myself.

Last week at choir practice we were talking about the confusing NY practice of calling both the Metropolitan Museum and the Metropolitan Opera “the Met.” Without context you don’t know which Met the person is talking about. For instance, you know I’m talking about the opera above because I gave the Lincoln Center clue. If I wanted to indicate the museum I might say, “I saw the Thinking Outside the Box show at the Met.”

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Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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