Monday, November 23, 2009

On the Similarities Between Artists and Drug Addicts

A bit of advice: If you happen to live near a certain dilapidated building that you think may be a halfway house, it’s better not to publicly voice this opinion, as the woman who uses this particular piece of property as an art studio may be in earshot and may take offense. “But,” you begin, “the collection of people amassed out in front — all of them pale, smoking, and dressed in black clothes spattered with something-or-other — led me to believe otherwise.” And then when you attempt to relate that, when one really considers artists and drug addicts, the two groups have a lot in common and likely a considerable amount of overlap, you’ll realize that you should have stopped talking several sentences ago. So, yeah, it’s better just not to bring up the subject in the first place.

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