When Iggy Pop can’t live off his art, what chance do the rest have?

An interesting article by Elizabeth Renzetti in the Globe and Mail about living off one’s art:

“If [Iggy Pop] had to live off royalties … he’d have to “tend bars between sets.”

“Australian novelist Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize, the most prestigious in the literary world, for his Second World War story The Narrow Road to the Deep North… [he] told reporters that he was making so little from his writing that he was thinking about packing it in and becoming a miner. (He comes from a small mining town in Tasmania.) The prize money of about $90,000 and the following sales bump will allow him to continue, but most of his colleagues aren’t so lucky: “Writing is a very hard life for so many writers,” he said.”

When Iggy Pop can’t live off his art, what chance do the rest have?

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