2022 will see the publication of three of my books—a reissue of The Secret Life of Money, a fully revised 6th edition of Legal Guide for the Visual Artist, and a new novel titled On Wine-Dark Seas.
The Secret Life of Money leads readers on a fascinating journey to uncover the sources of our monetary desires. By understanding why money has the power to obsess us, we gain the power to end destructive patterns and discover riches of the soul. Midas who can turn all to gold, fishermen who will not share their catch, Dorothy and her companions on the golden road to the Emerald City, Scrooge who cannot give, the hunter who shares not only food but also debt, money that falls from the skies, buried treasures that can be spiritual wealth or be stolen, how debt can be like inheritance, the symbolism of the bulls and bears of Wall Street, the all-seeing eye on the back of the dollar bill—all these and many other stories and myths from around the world are given delightful retellings and searching analyses in the The Secret Life of Money. As Publishers Weekly stated in its review, ““Indebted in equal measures to Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and sundry classic tales (e.g., The Wizard of Oz) . . . the book should enlighten those who tend to view money only in the most literal terms.”
I was fortunate to have San Francisco attorney MJ Bogatin collaborate in the revisions necessary for the 6th edition of Legal Guide for the Visual Artist. The book provides an in-depth view of the legal issues facing the visual artist today and gives practical legal guidance. Among the many new topics covered are the CASE Act under which the Copyright Office will have a Copyright Claims Board to hear copyright cases involving less than $30,000 in claims, new state law tests to determine who is an employee, a new chapter on artists’ business entities and services, public art commissions, online galleries and other digital developments, infringement and the concept of “transformative use,” the demise of the California Art Resale Proceeds Act, income tax and estate tax updates, a new chapter on merchandise licensing, and much more. Included are basic strategies for negotiation, many sample legal forms and contracts, and guidance on finding artists’ organizations and Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts groups. Alma Robinson, Executive Director for the California Lawyers for the Arts, says this “readable guide is filled with practical legal advice for visual artists, as well as negotiating strategies and discussions of ethical issues.”
Finally, On Wine-Dark Seas: A Novel of Ancient Greece will make its debut. As the flap copy states, “Countless readers have thrilled to the adventures of Odysseus in The Iliad and The Odyssey, but what further adventures awaited him after his ten years of war and ten years of wandering? Narrated by Telemachus to the bard Phemios, On Wine-Dark Seas speaks of the human drama of a man gone twenty years from home and family, a man who saw Troy on the night of its destruction, a man who lives the special quest which is his destiny. In probing the inner journeys of a son and father separated twenty years who must come to terms with each other and their ruthless slaughter of the suitors of Penelope, it reveals the doubts and joys of Odysseus, Penelope and Telemachus. As Telemachus tells Phemios: ‘My father will be known to the future not as the man he was, but as the man of whom you sing. Often at Troy he called himself “the father of Telemachus,” so I too have a part to speak in his story. Wealthy men can pay some poets to chant a story first this way, then another. I cannot offer you wealth to hear me, but only the truth I know.’ The novel is a masterful recreating of the ancient mind, the landscape of Greece steeped in mythos and the gods, and the human dramas of characters made famous for all time by The Iliad and The Odyssey.”