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December 6, 2003

Of the many, many

Daniel Radosh

Of the many, many (OK, three) e-mail correspondences I've struck up via this site, one of my top three, easily, is with Sam Smith, a vision-impared artist whose brilliant work reminds me — oh, the irony — of so-called visionary artists Howard Finster and Mose Tolliver (plus it's a lot cheaper to collect, though still just the other side of my post-twins, post-mortgage budget). His titles alone make his paintings worth the asking price. The one above is called, "Would You Believe I'm Armed to the Teeth?"

Here's Sam explaining why he's a pacifist: "I definitely think my vision has made me see things the way I do. It's a cliche, but I think of the personal as the political. For example, being a pedestrian in this city that is so reliant upon cars, I've had many close calls. In fact, I was actually hit by a car a couple of years ago. I've often said that, the Disability Act isn't enough, the handicapped ought to be allowed to shoot people who aren't nice to us! But the point I'm trying to make is, as much as I'd like to blow away careless drivers, it's not going to make the world a safer place. Likewise, fighting terrorism with state sponsored terorism isn't going to work either. It makes me irate that people don't see that."

I'm not entirely convinced by his arguments, but I'll say one thing: someone get that man a blog!

Here's the picture he thinks goes along with that comment: A Sticky Situation, Oar Not?

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