February 1, 2023

I like it. Let’s all poke holes in the sacred cows of the art world, the political world, and the rest of it. A reader sent me a nasty message this morning saying that no one cares about my causes and I should give it up…I’ve got news for you all….I don’t care about my causes either. I am simply passing time in a world I didn’t create waiting unitl I die. Guess what? We’re all going to die. Some of us sooner and some of us later. Big newsflash, the world is a fucked up place and it is getting more fucked up all the time. I like to think that using our brains and considering problems can make a difference. I like to think that there might be some greater purpose to all this crap. Why? Because the alternative is that we are all just spinning our wheels to no great purpose and not one bit of it makes a fucking bit of difference. So here is the bottom line…if you don’t like the way I am spinning my wheels…you can go fuck yourself. If you want to jerk my chain…you can go fuck yourself. If you don’t like my causes or you don’t like my websites or you don’t like my books or if you don’t like me…you can go fuck yourself. And if that is a big problem for you…well guess what? You’re still going to die someday and you better get used to the idea and get over yourself. Because even a painting worth $139 million dollars sometimes gets fingers stuck through it….

Picasso’s famed “Dream” painting turned into a nightmare for Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn when he accidentally gave the multimillion dollar canvas an elbow.
Wynn had just finalized a $139 million sale to another collector of his painting, called “Le Reve” (The Dream), when he poked a finger-sized hole in the artwork while showing it to friends at his Las Vegas office a couple of weeks ago.
Director and screenwriter Nora Ephron, who witnessed and related the incident in her blog on the Huffington Post Web site (www.huffingtonpost.com), said Wynn had raised his hand to show the group something about Picasso’s 1932 portrait of his mistress Marie-Therese Walter.
“At that moment, his elbow crashed backward right through the canvas. There was a terrible noise,” Ephron wrote, noting that Wynn has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that damages peripheral vision.
“Smack in the middle … was a black hole the size of a silver dollar. ‘Oh s—,’ he said. ‘Look what I’ve done. Thank goodness it was me.'”
Wynn’s office on Tuesday confirmed the story, an account of which also appeared in this week’s The New Yorker. Both accounts said Wynn had decided to release the buyer from the sale agreement and to repair and keep the painting himself.
Wynn, a millionaire casino developer and art collector, developed The Mirage and Bellagio resorts in Las Vegas in the 1990s, which spearheaded a profusion of luxury hotels and casinos on the once-seedy Las Vegas Strip.

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