Monday, March 13, 2006

American Bohos Explained to Non-Americans

Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans: "Artists and Intellectuals
Artists and intellectuals have always been out of the American mainstream. Some artists, intellectuals or university academics may seem to lead typically middle class lives, but they are always at least a little different in the eyes of most other Americans of all classes. It is very difficult to make a living in the visual or performing arts in the United States. Under some highly controversial programs, federal, state and local government do help some artists, but, for the most part, artists have to depend on the free market, which is often unkind to them. Many artists and performers are forced to take unrelated jobs to pay their bills. Arts-oriented cities such as New York and Los Angeles are filled with young people in the theater, dance, music or the visual arts who work as waiters or waitresses. "

2 comments:

Steve said...

If it wasn't for unemployed dance majors, where would our strippers come from?

And, if it wasn't for unemployed art majors, where would our house painters of the future come from?

And, if it was for unemployed english majors, where would our technical editors of the future come from?

I take off my hat to thee oh liberal arts majors of American!

Mitch Kief said...

You're right about the dance majors. I was watching an HBO documentary about burlesque dancers from the 30s and 40s, and it was obvious from the film clips that these were dancers who never had formal training in dance.