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Long before I moved to New York 7 years ago, I would always try and get my hands on a copy of the Village Voice, the legendary weekly paper detailing the must see activities in New York. Once I arrived in Manhattan, the Voice became my Bible for finding out what is happening in the city. If there was one part of the Voice that I never missed reading, it was Michael Musto’s “La Dolce Musto” column, which was filled with juicy celebrity gossip and entertainment reviews. The things Musto wrote about were not just second hand accounts. Instead, he wrote about his experiences and as he’s been at the Village Voice since 1984, Musto has truly seen and done it all. He and his column have been a great source of inspiration for me as an impetus for trying to experience as much as possible in a city where life changing events are around every corner.
Yesterday, the Village Voice laid off Michael Musto. Obviously, this is a sad sign of the times that has affected every industry because nowadays it’s all about the bottom line. It doesn’t make the news any easier to swallow and thankfully, Musto’s legions of fans have taken to their social media circles to protest this injustice. Michael Musto is an extremely talented writer who will surely land on his feet and hopefully at some place even better than he was before, but as the voice of the New York entertainment scene for 28 years, it seems like our greatest champion has been prematurely silenced.
I guess this is a case of “when one door closes, another one opens” and I look forward to seeing what new opportunities arise for Michael Musto. For so many of us, the Village Voice will now be the Village Void without the humor and wit that Musto provided us weekly.
Good luck to Michael Musto and please voice your discontent to the powers that be at the Village Voice at this link.
This story is far from over…