Just to be clear, it’s virtually impossible to make a living as a freelance journalist, even harder as a freelance music critic.

The pay per article is too low. The self-employment tax is too high. You don’t have health care or benefits.

I’ve had experience going down this road. For 11 years in the 1980s and 90s, I worked full and half-time in the University Research Library at UCLA while freelancing as a music critic first for the Herald Examiner and then for the L.A. Times. At the Times I was their workhorse, and only ever managed to match my half-time UCLA salary once or twice. I got my healthcare at UCLA too. …

Which is not to say I don’t appreciate the offers to freelance I’ve received. I do very much! …

Newspapers (and by that I mean both online and print versions) have done an extraordinarily poor job of chronicling their own decline and demise. …

I don’t know how many clicks the lark I mentioned in a previous post accumulated, but I would bet plenty. It was all over Twitter. …

Lots of support still pouring in, and I thank every one of you. …

“Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.” — Samuel Johnson

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