Tag Archives: Wealth

Creative Maintenance

Kurt Vonnegut noted, “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” The consequence, of course, is that everything we build, that has any longevity, eventually crumbles and decays. No matter … Continue reading

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To Become a Professional Artist, Start Out Privileged

People are baffled why I care so much about income inequality.  What’s that got to do with art or making things?  The argument goes that I should leave the super rich to what they’re doing, turn myself into a mindful, … Continue reading

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When Ignorant People Ask for Complex Impossibilities

People with the money to commission artists (or engineers, or anybody else that works creatively) often ask for things they don’t understand and which, even with the most talented, creative minds there are, and infinite time and money, can’t actually … Continue reading

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Artists of Last Resort

Marvellous, isn’t it?  Artists spend much of their time having to justify their work as “real work” and must be prepared to defend their prices against anybody with a so-called “real job”, at a moment’s notice.  The very rich and … Continue reading

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The Corrosive Effect of Pay to Play on Artists

Yesterday, I posted an article about the prevalence of pay to play, or payola, in modern mainstream radio.  It isn’t officially acknowledged, or even legal, but it goes on in many clandestine and disguised ways.  Rest assured that any mainstream … Continue reading

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Creativity and the Power of Money

A good way to test an assertion or belief is to stretch the proposition to its limits and see if it still holds.  We are told that people with lots of money are very powerful and that we ought to … Continue reading

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Wasting Your Life

In times of economic upheaval, the subject of underemployment is often raised.  In traditional economic theory, underemployment means one of three things:  doing work at less than your skill level, working fewer hours than you want to (part time work), … Continue reading

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