Testament to Patrons and Artists Alike

I was talking to a friend of mine the other night about the struggle of being an artist while still being able to pay rent and eat—and it IS a struggle for many.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not comparing this struggle with that of, say, a soldier in a bunker getting shot at.  What … Read more…

Crucible of the Self

Here’s a thought for the day:  given energy and intent, looking inwards can often be the best crucible you have,  if only you’ll look with enough honesty to burn away the slag of your past.  It means searing everything you’ve ever heard, done, said, and learned with as much intense observational heat as you can … Read more…

Supply & Demand in the Publishing Industry…

I’m not an idiot—although there are those who would argue the point—and I like to consider myself a marginally thoughtful human being.  I’m also not an economist, but as a thoughtful human being I sometimes have to wonder at the sorts of things we blindly excuse under the paradigm that business refers to as “supply … Read more…

Of Intangibles and Elevators

For the Allen sayeth, covet not the trappings of the physical world.  Cherish the intangibles… the internals.   Except maybe a really nice banana, you know, when it’s just at that perfect moment of ripeness… the kind that hasn’t been gassed with nitrogen by the vendor.  Or a perfect cookie, or even a really fresh piece of … Read more…

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