Sunday, January 25, 2015

An article every writer and would-be writer in the US should read

“Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from - Salon.com

All she says applies to the fantasy and science fiction genre. I can't remember when I first noticed this—perhaps when I learned that Larry Niven came from a wealthy family.

Because it's my current obsession, I'll add that among the reasons I support universal basic income is my belief that everyone should be able to commit themselves to making art.

Because talking about money makes privileged people prickly, I'll add that some of my favorite people are rich. No one has ever conspired to be born with advantages—what matters is whether you work to give everyone else the same opportunities.

And yes, some people overcome the obstacles of their birth. In every case, luck is part of their story, or at the very least, the absence of bad luck is.