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    • day-jobAdvice for Aspiring Artists
      Originally posted on April 06, 2008

      If you want to sell what you create, you must tailor your creativity to the marketplace or have a creative sensibility that, fortuitously, hews closely to the “average” person’s, someone who, thanks to his “average” outlook is probably not an artist.
      Given the tastes and expectations of most consumers, it’s impossible for David Foster Wallace to have the #1 Book in America. It’s impossible for Todd Solondz to have the #1 Movie in America. It’s impossible for Rhiannon to have the #1 Record in America. No matter how passionately they’re celebrated by aficionados, what these folks create isn’t of much interest to the vast majority of consumers, at least not in the cross-demographical way that Harry Potter, the Batman franchise, and Mariah Carey are. If uncompromised versions of Rhiannon’s improvised chants, Solondz’s wickedly dark films, and DFW’s incomprehensible druggie epics were to become fabulously popular, the apocalypse would be nigh, and popular culture as we know it will have been effectively obliterated.
       Until then, artists will be artists, craftsmen will be craftsmen, and the tension between art and commerce, old as Sumeria, will vex every creative soul with a conscience.
      Those lucky devils who aspire to failure, who admit from the…

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    • The Bad GuysWe Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists

      The Enemy Who Hates Our Freedoms has gotten unruly, crossing borders dreamed up by imperial empires. Impudent weeds with AK-47s and machetes impertinently raise their masked heads, taunting, braying, slashing American throats and luring the big bad bully into yet another unwinnable war. It’s time to mow the grass. Here we go. Again.

      It’s been 13 years since the Bad Guys got our attention and, barely trying, won the War on Terror. They left us terrified and flummoxed and hysterical, perfectly…

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    • income-inequality-gapMore Work, Less Money = Progress

      This year the United States economy recovered all of the jobs lost during the great Wall Street Recession.
      But here’s the even better news: The newly created jobs pay an average of 23% less than the ones lost in the “downsizing.” According to a report issued by the United States Conference of Mayors based on 2012 Census data, higher-paying jobs in the construction and manufacturing sectors have been replaced by jobs in the lower-paying sectors of healthcare and hospitality.
      It…

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