Indeed, some "elitist" writing in this article alone.Would you call Wallace Stevens a hobbyist?
Yes- The great American Poet Wallace Stevens worked at an Insurance firm in Hartford Conn. and indeed wrote his poems much the same way Valerie Macon does - on breaks. The great Modern Painter Henri Rousseau was in fact "a bureaucrat" - working for the French post office while painting on weekends - he changed the face of Modern Art by the way. Phillip Glass the great American composer was a plumber. The fact that these people held jobs doesn't diminish THEIR monumental work of course - now that history and Academia has weighed in. What if they had been judged somewhere on their "way up" into history?
I am one who does, in fact, think that art that comes from outside the established margins and academia in fact keeps art important and questioning. (i.e. Jean Michel Basquiat in painting)
Shame on this article - I hate McCrory and I admit that she is under-qualified for the position - but belittling someone as a "Hobbyist Poet' because she has a job to support herself is in fact, elitist. Artists of all stripes have held jobs, thank you.
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