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Two other very cool links:

First, from [livejournal.com profile] mindstalk a fantastic article on nutrition, nutritionism, and the problems with the western diet: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.


And then a treatise by an unknown author that's been circulating on DeviantArt and is very cool: Art and Payment. Check out this girl's gallery, anyway . . . she's a fantastic cartoonist.

Date: 2007-02-01 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-tower.livejournal.com
That first article is freaking long, but deeply interesting.

As for the second . . . I appreciate the points she's making, and generally agree with them, but I have to disagree with some of the arguments she uses. For one thing, neurosurgeons are a lot less likely to have done that work for fun, because they love it, which means that the emotional/psychological relationship to the work is a lot different than it is for artists (not to mention the consequences of doing a bad job). Also, I do think that "exposure" is an important thing in artistic fields. Should you get paid while getting that exposure? Certainly, if you can swing it. But while nobody would say, "hey, nice lobotomy; who did that for you?," people do say all the time, "wow, I like that picture -- who drew it?" Artists get hired for projects because somebody saw their art somewhere and decided they would be good for a particular commission. Authors get invited into anthologies because somebody read their story somewhere and liked their work. You should never accept non-paying exposure if you can get paying (especially since the paying market/client probably gets you better and wider exposure), but the chance to reach an audience is an important business factor to include in one's calculations. (I'll sell a story to a magazine that pays me only a cent a word if it's more respected than one that pays me five cents.)

The two fields aren't the same, of course, but they're closer than neurosurgery and art, I think. <g>

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