East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


You work with your brain, you should starve

CareFeedingAuthorAmazon-MobileA few days back, writer John Connolly tweeted the following…

Something has gone very wrong if we’ll pay $5 for a greeting card, $3 for gift wrap, but resent paying more than $2.99 for a book.

I just wanted to share it here on Karavansara.
I see the problem not so much with the price of books, but with the value that is given to creative work – any kind of creative work.
When the product of your workday is not material – when you have a story or a theory and not a chunk of stuff – paying you is considered a strange eccentricity.
After all, you could find yourself an honest job, and then do your creative thingies in your spare time, right?
And there’s no viable solution in sight.

Yes, it’s that depressing.


In the land of the up-and-coming

Ok, short (?) post stimulated by this post by the always stimulating Seth Godin.
And yes, it does have to do with writing.

Now, I like Seth Godin’s piece a lot, I love his suggestions, the post in question gave me a lot of ideas, but it all collides in a rather unpleasant way with my experience.
I tell myself it’s because I’m in Italy, and he’s in the great big world out there, and yet, it is not a completely satisfactory explanation.

The idea is…

If you’re an up-and-coming band building an audience, then yes, free, free, free. It’s always worth it for you to gig, because you get at least as much out of the gig as the organizer and the audience do. But when you’ve upped and come, then no, it’s not clear you ought to bring your light and your soul and your reputation along just because some promoter asked you to.

I love that.
But, what if up-and-comingdom is the default setting of your environment? Continue reading