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what went wrong for thomas kinkade was quite simple.

he stopped creating art.
aglaia and her sisters up and left, when suddenly they saw that there were enchanted cottages at twilight on notebooks, teacups, calendars and anything else that could be given as a christmas present.
what started out as a reverie, became a mass marketed, soulless venture, in every mall.
the kharites do not take kindly to these kinds of offenses.

Posted by: jkaren | June 19, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

One should note that the "bad or evil?" question with respect to Kinkade is not about his art (I will defend to my death the right of people, including myself, to have poor taste in art) but about his decisions as a businessman.

And it's there that I disagree with the essay's argument that Kinkade is a "bad" businessman rather than an evil one: he purposely created a business situation where his personal interests were not aligned with those of the shareholders and where he was able to profit handsomely regardless of how well his company did, when it came to market performance. That might be called "shrewd," but it's certainly in its own way malicious. He took advantage of shareholders who lost their shirts while he made himself even wealthier. Sounds like "evil" to me.

Posted by: tyromania | June 20, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I am just glad I live in a country where we can witness Iranians being beaten and hacked to death in the streets fighting for freedom; while our President tells jokes to reporters, goes out for ice cream and golf, and says he's taking a wait and see attitude.

As for Kincaid, if its not a crucifix in a jar of urine, its just not real art deserving of our time and money.

Posted by: Singer4321 | June 21, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse


what exactly would you have obama do at this moment?
have our government intervene in iran with a heavy hand?
it isnt clear to me what more we are supposed to be doing right now.
he is damned if he does,
and damned if he doesnt.
many close friends of mine, who have most of their families still back in iran, feel that there is actually not that much difference between the two candidates..they have little faith in either candidate...that until the actual seat of power is secularized, it wont make much difference who is in office.
i dont know if this is true or not.
but i dont think any of these needles are easy to thread anymore.
and what is wrong if president obama spends time getting a frozen custard with his daughters before father's day?
just because he is president, can he not have any autonomy to enjoy his life, or to crack a joke?
it is not as though we have a president who is napping in the white house. he is only dealing with the economic collapse of our country, the partisan and highly divisive battle for health care reform, iraq, afghanistan, iran, north korea, palestinian~israeli issues, a he has a family to care for.
is he not working hard enough for you?

Posted by: jkaren | June 21, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

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