Monday, May 03, 2010
The Razor's Edge
Today, an anonymous writer – the ones with something ugly to say are always anonymous – took me to task for using a quote from a 2006 edition of the Australian Financial Review that read, "Hazel Dooney walks the razor's edge between respect and celebrity in today's art world." The writer correctly pointed out that the key part of this quote was contained in an essay that I wrote. They called me "sleazy" for offering it as an unattributed quote among others on my home page. In their haste to cast an aspersion, the writer ignored – or didn't care – that it was also the headline chosen by the newspaper's editor for the 3,000-word article. It was he, not I, who judged it a perfect summation of my career position as far as his business-minded readers were concerned. The entire article has always been accessible from the Bibliography page of my web site as well as in three entries on this blog.Of course, I haven't hesitated to take advantage of the quote. At the time I put in on the home page, I'd forgotten that the headline was derived from my own words but I don't think that would've stopped me. It's no secret that I'm a tireless self-promoter when it comes to my art. However, I've tried neither to deceive nor conceal my authorship of the article. To call me sleazy – especially from cover – is not only gutless, it entirely misses the mark.Oh, and I deleted the comment. As I wrote here a couple of months ago: "I am open to critical remarks about my work or me. I've published many here over the past three years and I will continue to do so. But if you're not willing to identify yourself, if you do it anonymously, I'll just trash what you have to say."