cultural economics

There’s a strange and undocumented inverse relationship between publication prestige and author fees in academia. I’ll make about $1,000 less in a year from sales of my book than I will writing a 2,000 word essay for a magazine. I’ll make about $800 more writing a 2,000 word essay for a magazine than I would writing an Op Ed for The New York Times. (Unless the column is syndicated, although there are caveats for my other estimates too and I’m exactly right on some kind of average.) It is what P. Bourdieu predicted when he wrote that profit is not only relatively unimportant to artists competing for peer esteem–it may instead be read as a sign of poor quality work.

I’m just saying, in case you didn’t know.

 

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