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    Go into the Arts - a Kurt Vonnegut Quote

    "Go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something."

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    The sentiment is great. But I'd like to know how he did make a living.

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    batwister...it's called follow your heart. do what gives you the most pleasure and surely life will reward you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    The sentiment is great. But I'd like to know how he did make a living.
    He got by, what with being one of the best novelists of the c20th...
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/bo...pagewanted=all

    Read 'Slaughterhouse 5' and be amazed.

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    batwister...it's called follow your heart. do what gives you the most pleasure and surely life will reward you!!
    Best, Peter
    Well, I've been practicing my photo art for decades and haven't gotten any monetary rewards. But giving framed pictures or a DVD of pictures (slide show) to friends and family members have gotten me a lot of good feeling from their responses. Just giving it away gladdens my heart. Try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Schrager View Post
    batwister...it's called follow your heart.
    What about Gursky? I'm not sure what he's following...

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    Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
    What about Gursky? I'm not sure what he's following...
    His bank account.

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    I gave away a print to a complete stranger at the top of the Santa Barbara Courthouse in May. It was the best part of my day. Ordinary people value art much more than galleries.
    Come see my photos here > http://studiobilly.tumblr.com/

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    the monet..at least 99cents.
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    I like this quote, thanks for posting it. It seems like everyone wants a job they can sit and send emails at all day at the cost of the art world. Just recently I heard some engineers (I'm an engineer too so try not to give me shit for generalizing) say "we're engineers, we don't need art. Art is stupid" followed by laughter. Seriously made me cringe.

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