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Nov 24, 2013
The real ending to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Nov 10, 2013
Working on poems is like cheating on your husband: It’s what I really want to do but they won’t pay me for it.
Oct 27, 2013
Writing beats baling hay or going door-to-door for a living, but it’s still shockingly unenjoyable work.
Sep 12, 2013
Putting your money towards art, music, film, etc., even food, is a gesture of interest that you are making towards being shown something new. You are not purchasing a reliable product like pants. You are voting “yes” for mystery.
May 26, 2013
I kept myself purposely stupid about the commerce side of it. It was dumb. I really should have looked after things…. At one time there was an audit, and I was given a figure of [losing] $30 million. I didn’t even know I had anything like that. I thought maybe 3, maybe close to 10 million. […] I always had this sense that O.K., I’m an artist and I shouldn’t have to be concerned about something as banal as money, which is baloney. It’s my job. It’s what I do. I didn’t pay any attention to it, and I trusted other people, and I got screwed.
May 05, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
I wrote in chapter nine of Steal Like An Artist: “Most people I know hate to think about money. Do yourself a favor: Learn about money as soon as you can.”
Here are 10 of my favorite quotes about money:
“The key to eternal happiness is low overhead and no debt.”
“The best way to instantly raise your standard of living is to live in the past.”
“True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer… live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of income.”
“The trick is… to be fiscally responsible so you can be creatively reckless.”
— Tom Rothman
“If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing.”
“Writers, actors, and prostitutes all face the same fundamental economic problem: they are competing with amateurs who are pretty good and will work for nothing.”
“The Renaissance, like everything else, had to be financed.”
”I think things up in the morning; I sell ’em in the afternoon.”
“I sell something for money, then I spend less than I make.”
“Sellout…I’m not crazy about that word. We’re all entrepreneurs. To me, I don’t care if you own a furniture store or whatever — the best sign you can put up is SOLD OUT.”
The trick is… to be fiscally responsible so you can be creatively reckless.
Mar 14, 2013
» “How a book was perceived to have done and how a book actually did can be violently at odds.”
There’s an interview with Neal Pollack over at the AV Club where he reveals the sales numbers for his books (as he summarizes, “Ten thousand copies appears to be my threshold”) and talks openly and honestly about his career, and how “celebrity” and buzz don’t automatically translate into sales or money. Everyone who aspires to a career writing books (particularly fiction) should read it.
I was trying to turn Alternadad into some massive multimedia empire. And it failed! [Laughs.] I totally fucking failed! Instead of doing what I did well, which was write, I was trying to cash in big time and become some mogul… In the end, I was kind of dizzy because I wasn’t doing what I set out to do, what I dreamed of doing, which was be a writer. Instead, I was just a salesman trying to sell some ill-conceived idea of a lifestyle.
The piece is part of the AVClub’s “Money Matters" column, where “creative people discuss what they’re not supposed to: the intersection of entertainment and commerce, as well as moments in their lives and careers when they bottomed out financially and/or professionally.”
It all reminds me of Lynda Barry’s advice: “The key to eternal happiness is low overhead and no debt.”
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