Which brings me to my little green book of prayer. It's called "Letters to a Young Artist". It's full of letters from established artists written in response to a letter sent by a fictional young artist. The letter itself isn't included- you only figure out what it must have said by what the artists write back. It's an unsettling and comforting read at the exact same time- a good kick in the head.
I like this quote from Lawrence Weiner,
"THE QUESTIONS OF MAKING A LIVING ARE THE SAME EXISTENTIAL QUESTIONS ALL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY HAVE. THE ADVANTAGE OF THE ARTIST IS THAT THE USE OF THEIR PRODUCT IS NOT DEPENDANT ON BEING IN ACCORD WITH THE POWERS THAT BE."
SCATTERED MATTER BROUGHT TO AN ASCERTAINABLE DENSITY WITH THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD CUSPED, 2007