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Re: A Russian Capitalist Abandons the Rat Race to Pursue a Lost Art



Rant on, Ms. Harman!
At 03:16 PM 9/7/99 EDT, you wrote:
>In a message dated 09/07/99 6:16:19 AM, pdverhey@DREAMSCAPE.COM writes:
>
><< Mr. Suspitsyn still moves in the big-money world: he retained minority
>stakes in his old companies and receives dividends, much of which go to
>subsidize Rare Book, which has yet to turn a profit.  >>
>
>I am always amused, in the black humor sort of way, by those who "give up"
>the stresses and soul-numbing emptiness of capitalistic pursuits in favor of
>the arts, in whatever form that takes. Somehow, they always manage to bring
>with them enough money to support their artistic endeavors. It seems to be
>regarded as an especially admirable, puzzling, shocking, astonishing (pick
>your adjective) thing to have made money (lots of it), then to do something
>that everyone knows will never make the same kind of money, may not even
>support you. Why is our culture so fascinated with these people and so
>ignorant of and dismissive of those of us who do it daily without benefit of
>a previous career in capitalism to support us? Does it take more courage to
>follow your dream with a safety net or without one? Why are artists and other
>creative people more often considered fools for working for love of their
>craft? Just my small rant. Sorry if it offends. Barbara Harman
>
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