Survival tips for the creative class
In addition to finding a good publishing house that will push your book like the latest male-performance-enhancing drug, Dorrell advises "If a gallery ever takes longer than thirty days to pay you, something is wrong. Either there's a problem with the bookkeeping, or they're broke, or dishonest." Dorrell's book is filled with useful tips on mental health, legal agreements, and portfolios, and he uses sample documents and colorful prose - "if the director seems so twisted that he'd defecate a corkscrew upon eating a nail, then you'd better pull your work and cut your losses" - to illustrate his recommendations. The art that illustrates the book is less confrontational, tending towards Pompeii Coppini-style public art works, but as a gallery owner, writer, and painter who was once six figures in the hole, Paul Dorrell deserves a viewing.