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Extracts from "The Bridges of Madison County" by Robert Waller
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‘That’s the problem in _______ through an art form. You’re always dealing with markets, and markets – mass markets – are designed to suit average tastes. That’s where the numbers are. That’s the reality, I guess. But, as I said, it can become pretty confining. They let me keep the shots they don’t use, so at least I have my own private files of stuff I like. “And, once in a while, another magazine will take one or two, or I can write an article on a place I’ve been and illustrate it with something a little more daring than National Geographic prefers.
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“Sometime I’m going to do an essay called ‘The Virtues of Amateurism’ for all of those people who wish they _______ in the arts. The market kills more artistic passion than anything else. It’s a world of safety out there, for most people. They want safety, the magazines and manufacturers give them safety, give them homogeneity, give them the familiar and comfortable, don’t challenge them. “Profit and subscriptions and the rest of that stuff dominate art. We’re all getting lashed to the great wheel of uniformity. “The marketing people are always talking about something called ‘consumers.’ I have this image of a fat little man in baggy Bermuda shorts, a Hawaiian shirt, and a straw hat with beer-can openers dangling from it, clutching fistfuls of dollars.” Francesca laughed quietly, thinking about safety and comfort.
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He was workin’ on somethin’ where he was tryin’ to convert music into visual images. He said to me, “John, you know that riff you almost always play in the fourth measure of ‘Sophisticated Lady’? Well, I think I got that on film the other morning. The light came across the water just right and a blue heron kind of looped through my viewfinder all at the same time. I could actually see your riff while I was hearing it and hit the shutter.” He spent all his time on this music-into-images thing. Was obsessed by it. Don’t know how he _______.
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