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Thursday Nov 20, 2008

On the Head

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer,
to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

—from The Psychology of Science by Abraham H. Maslow

I often read how artists are among a defined group more prone to emotional and mental problems. I challenge this misconception. Art is not the source of angst. An artist who might be grappling with some psychological issue would be doing the same if he were a plumber or a baker.

An “unempowered” artist is not immune to propaganda—even if it is sincere. And, as we come to understand, sincerity is often totally misguided.