By Ryan Black
A paycheck. A nadir. Hired as accompanimentfor sequined swimmers in an amphitheater in Queens.To keep the band working. A footnote.
By Elena Passarello
Whistle a little Mozart to a starling in a cage. If it knows humans as creatures that sing and are sung to, the bird will shut its beak. It will arch its starling neck, bending toward your puckered lips.