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andee's world: On Integrity, Selling Out and "Keeping Shit Real"

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Hello and welcome to my blog. This space will be devoted to opinions, observations, lists, articles and whatever else I feel like posting. Subjects will include music, human nature, politics, life in NYC, etc. If I paste someone else's writing up here, it is because the author said something way better than I ever could. By the way, I don't claim to be a particularly smart guy; I'm just a musician with some opinions. If you disagree with me, that's cool -- but then, you're probably wrong.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

On Integrity, Selling Out and "Keeping Shit Real"

This is a fantastic rant from writer Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the founder of McSweeney's magazine.

The piece is sort of a long-form response to a question he was asked during an interview with Harvard Advocate. The Q, which dealt with the issue of "maintaining street cred", ended thusly:

"Are you taking any steps --- are there any steps to be taken -- to keep shit real?"

Anyone who who has ever cried "sellout" or criticized someone's art (that's basically all of us) should read it.

My good friend Keeta forwarded this to me a few years ago and I dug it up again today. Click the headline.

(thanks Kta)

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