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Guilt

October 21, 2009

split.jpegA question to all you culture writers and artists out there: How do you cope with the guilt of not getting to experience even a fraction of your city's arts offerings? It's an embarrassment of riches.

Times are hard. But people are harnessing their creative energies as much as they've ever done. If only I could find a creative solution to the problem of there not being enough days and nights in the week to see all the work being produced. Did I say "all"? If I went out to experience a performance every single evening of the week, caught gallery shows and other daytime activities in the light hours and saw all the matinees I could, I still couldn't hope to cover the Bay Area's cultural scene at the most basic level.

Quick: Someone invent a drug that will allow me to be in 19 places at once.

3 Comments:

  • GUILT?

    What silliness.
    You are already covering more than any other roving reporter. Herb Caen wouldn't have known what to make of you.
    So, you feel as though you can only offer us, the Great Unwashed, the hors d'Ĺ“uvres (or is it the cherry on the top?) on the menu. At some point we have to get up and discover for ourselves and report back

    I would say, 'it is what it is', but then I'd have to off myself as I find that phrase to be the most annoying and stupid since 'everything happens for a reason'.

    By Blogger felicity, At October 21, 2009 at 3:12 PM  

  • I don't feel quite as sharp-edged as felicity. However, I have learned from experience that, if I try to cover to many things, it eats into my writing time. So I try to be selective in what I see and the number of commitments I make per week. I also tend against going to things I know I shall not like, figuring that they deserve to be covered by someone with a more positive attitude!

    By Blogger Stephen Smoliar, At October 21, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

  • i just wish i could afford to see and do everything.

    By Blogger Christian Cagigal, At October 22, 2009 at 4:55 PM  

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