Ugolino and His Sons, executed in marble 1865–67, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827–1875), Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY
I have been offered the help of certain agency officials in finding an apartment. This probably sounds like a good idea but I have a problem with it. Everyone involved has the best of intentions but let’s say I take their help. That’s great for me but what about all those people who don’t have friends willing to make calls for them? The point of this blog is to document the oblique process by which one gets an apartment through the channels set up by HRA and HASA. The point of the exercise is not to use my or my friends’ influence to subvert the process. The point is to find out what the process is and follow it through to its conclusion I will grant that calling public officials and members of the press changes the very nature of the process in the same way that the presence of an anthropologist changes the group they are studying but taking advantage of offers available only to me seems like cheating. No one agrees with me on this but I think I’m right. What do you think?