Hopeless but Realistic

A number of years ago I saw the great Penelope Spheeris documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. Someone was going on about how he had no education, couldn’t finish high school, no skills, no talents, no hope at all in fact, so his only option was to become a rock star. That was very funny, but funnier is the recent thought that one might have a post-graduate degree, excellent language skills, wide education, deep knowledge of art, including substantial technique, and likewise no hope of ever earning a livelihood, so one’s only option is to sell a lot of art for high prices – the odds of which are about the same as having a platinum record.


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