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Wank Fest #1: Rick Cleveland and the making of In Excelsis Deo - ww_renaissance — LiveJournal
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Wank Fest #1: Rick Cleveland and the making of In Excelsis Deo
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skywaterblue From: skywaterblue Date: November 28th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ...continued

I know he's done a lot of bad things, and I know that he's said a lot of bad things, but... he's an artist. Many of the good ones aren't exactly the same people who you would invite to babysit your kids, you know what I mean? He's kind of crazy, and he's kind of an ass, but in the end, I find that (when he's not using his work as an attack on those who’ve offended him) his work and his talent counteract his... assholic tendencies.

I agree with the sentiment in practice. A lot of artists have self-destructive tendencies. It would be one thing if he was just a drug addict -- a lot of addicts have made amazing work in their thrall. We have pity for people who get caught up in drugs. The problem with Sorkin seems to be that his dysfunction isn't really the drugs but the rage and bitterness he keeps holding on too.

A lot of artists do roman a' clef work, but Sorkin's the only one I can think of at the moment so blatantly continuing to spew venom.

My advice to you if you want to pursue a career in any type of art, however, is not to piss people off. Do not do what Sorkin is doing to his career. The only reason Sorkin continues to work is because he's so fucking talented that people are willing to put up with this for the chance to make a lot of money. Most people will never be as naturally talented as he is or as lucky.

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