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July 7th, 2006
01:17 pm

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Meme: paypal skzbrust $2-$5

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 8th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Money, money

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OK. I have had a PayPal account for years. It's great and all that for sending money to anyone, for any reason. I don't have time for blogs or L_J (this is my first time) and don't know Brust's situation. He writes, and writes well. Is he not getting royalties? Are his works not being bought and paid for? If a grad student was not earning enough money to meet his expected lifestyle standards working at Home Depot, would a plea from everyone he helped, to send him donations help, or be accepted or be "right"?

OK, artists are special in that art is under appreciated, but so is programming (which can also be an art) and I don't see tons of "donate" buttons for them. It's true that there are plenty of "starving artists" out there and I support the Arts by buying their works. Soon, the Ann Arbor Art Fair will be rolling around. Should every vendor/artist there accept donations? More to the point, should I/we pony up for every artist we like but can't afford, just to help him/her make ends meet?

It sounds like he isn't getting a lot of royalties. Since he is fairly well read, I assume a lot of people have borrowed, bought used, been given or stolen his work to read it. Is this donation thing supposed to mitigate these situations?

Part of this rant is just Devil's Advocacy, but I'd really be interested in some of the answers.

Bob
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