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You might want to check out http://www.vinnieream.com
This site has photos, speeches, an art compendium and
full text of the U.S. Senate debate over the Federal
commission on the 1870 Ream statue of Lincoln. The
site is now our primary contact with the outside world
but I'm not sure how many people even know it exists.
The site has a link to my book on the artist and will be
giving information soon about a video documentary that
is nearing completion. I'm related to the Ream family
through both parents and decided to write a comprehensive
illustrated biography on Ms. Ream when I discovered that
nothing quite like it had ever been done before. That
project became a ten-year odyssey and isn't over yet!
The book is not selling and has been ignored to death
by the main-stream media. It's still deeply in debt.
After doing a project like this, I wonder how anything
of any quality is being produced at all. The big-biz
publishing environment today is not exactly favorable
toward fostering this kind of disadvantaged product.
My book was turned down by 36 publishers. Most said it
was "worthwhile" and "well-conceived" but added that the
artist was "not well-known enough" to justify such a book.
I was an unknown writer with a book about a forgotten
woman artist; the worst possible situation, perhaps?
In response to the message posted by Dennis E. Fehr
(kudef) on Fri, 10 Oct 1997 10:58:45,
I would say that the media is very much obsessed by
whatever sells and can make the big moolah. It's
often celebrity crap and "idiot Culture" goofiness.
It's an insider racket dominated by top producers who
have connections and an inside track. There is not
very much room for new thought or originality in this!
The "good-ole-boys kind of production" often prevails.
Glenn V. Sherwood
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