Barry Edelson

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About Barry Edelson

My writing has been the most meaningful and fulfilling work of my life. However, it has never been a meaningful source of income. Of the hundreds of essays, magazine articles, poems, plays and books I have written over the last four decades, only a small number have reached an audience. A handful of pieces found their way onto the Op-Ed pages of the now-defunct Long Island Weekly, which for many years was published in the Sunday Times, as well as in Newsday and a few other publications. I've also been fortunate to have some of my plays performed by professional actors, though not technically in professional productions (that is, the author did not get paid, or even the actors sometimes). As the well-known theatrical adage goes, a writer can make a killing but not a living.

In 2007, I decided to start publishing my essays online on my site, The Pursuit of Worldliness. Since a writer's primary ambition, apart from the writing itself, it to be read, the Internet offered an unprecedented opportunity to communicate with an audience, however modest, that would otherwise remain out of reach. The decision to put my writing out there, free, for all the world to see was not made without a good deal of hesitation. To be an online writer means forgoing the "traditional" world of publishing and setting off on the uncharted and often stormy waters of the digital ocean. But the traditional route had done little for me over the years, anyway, and fewer and fewer editors and publishers even condescend to read unsolicited manuscripts. The "slush pile" is a nearly extinct relic of a bygone age. For better and worse, the Internet has turned publishing on its head, and I ultimately decided that being read with no compensation was better than not being read at all. I have not regretted it for a moment, and I thank all my readers for their loyal attention and thoughtful responses to my periodic offerings.

Now there is an option heretofore absent from the writer's arsenal: online patronage. The site that you are currently visiting gives you, as my readers, the opportunity to be patrons of my work (and that of many other creative artists, too). As in the spirit of patronage of the arts through the centuries, it is entirely without obligation and at the discretion of the reader. Contributions for individual pieces, at regular intervals or one time only are all welcome. I will endeavor to provide special, proprietary content for those who are gracious enough to offer their patronage, as time and the universe allow. You will only be asked to contribute when new content is posted (hopefully at least once a month, but you never know).

Rest assured that I intend to continue writing and posting my essays on The Pursuit of Worldliness regardless. Earning my living as a writer has always been a distant prospect, but has never been a factor in the writing itself, which has always been an elemental part of my identity. Sharing my work with you has been a deeply rewarding experience. If you have found being a reader rewarding, as well, please consider becoming a patron.

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