Thursday, June 11, 2009

Robert Genn on "Work"

When Barbara Walters asked Sir Laurence Olivier how he might wish to be remembered, he replied, "As something like an expert workman." Barbara said, "Sounds so prosaic." Olivier reflected for a moment and said, "Well, I think a poet is a workman. I think Shakespeare was a workman. And God's a workman. I don't think there's anything better than a workman. Or a workwoman."

Esoterica: We are workpeople who give ourselves permission to put our own individual spin to our craft. It is this spin that makes art so absorbing, so interesting and so valuable to others. It's this spin that keeps us at it. You can have small wins practically every day, and what losses you may suffer can often be rectified on the next go-round. Artists spin their own lottos.

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