This quote from David Byrne’s book ‘How Music Works’ hits on a crucial point for artists of all  kinds in the world today:

“It can often seem that those in power don’t want us to enjoy making things for ourselves. They’d prefer to establish a cultural hierarchy that devalues our amateur efforts and encourages consumption rather than creation.”

Part of this is the equation of ‘value equals money’, a fundamental perversion of what really matters. They’d ‘prefer’ you make money the measure of all things.

2 thoughts on “Amateurs

  1. That triggered off all sorts of ideas. I wonder if the consumerist mentality is actually influencing a lot of the negatives in publishing, including self-publishing. So many writers are absorbing the idea that they have to turn out product, that they have to promote their writing as if it’s nothing more than product. And the amateur critics have no idea what goes into creating something, so they carp and complain as if the books they buy are product, quickly consumed and forgotten.


  2. It’s so true. i’ve been trying to embrace and enjoy my amateur status as a writer. I don’t ever want to be a “pro”, churning out ‘product’ for ‘the market’ to consume, But it’s such a standard by now, the expectation that that is how it is, how it’s done, what it’s all about. It feels like swimming upstream, and yet storytelling is so many thousands of years old,and the consumer culture is really very new, historically.


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