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Josh Sinton

Josh Sinton is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. When he’s not spending time with his wife and daughter, he is playing baritone saxophone or bass clarinet or composing or reading or cooking or watching old movies. You can hear and purchase his music at

Hard (not necessarily sad, certainly not tragic) Truths

“Day job.” One of the English language’s most richly implicit phrases. With those two words, one creates the assumptions that a.) more than one job is being worked, b.) one of those jobs is the one a person would rather be doing, and c.) the desired job isn’t producing enough money for one to survive. And it’s that last implication, that a desired job is known but isn’t sufficient, that offers the richest seam of supposition. It suggests all sorts of mysteries about a person’s life: thwarted ambition, delayed gratification, unrequited love, hubris, comedy, tragedy, self-abasement, the list is almost endless. What kind of person dedicates themselves to an activity that won’t supply basic physical needs? A selfish person? A passionate person? A mystical person? An immature person? Few phrases invite as much speculation as to a stranger’s background and context.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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