Lovely statement by Klosterman, BUUUUUUUUUT no.
Lou Reed perhaps proved that being a significant artist could overcome being a jerk, but let’s not get silly.
Being an artist does not forgive Crime. Really, being an artist doesn’t forgive being an asshole. Lou Reed was notoriously prickly In The Media. That is only a crime To The Media. What kind of person you are Matters, in the same way that Steve Jobs, whatever his legacy may ultimately be, did a disservice to that legacy by being such an unbelievable asshole to those around him.
More importantly, he had to live through that live as an asshole. Maybe this is the nerd So Sure the jock’s future is riddled with pain, but I can’t help but think that treating people poorly So Often takes a toll, tarnishes whatever successes one has. Or maybe being a true asshole means they never really notice.
But the idea that Art is all that matters? That the artistic ends justify the emotional means? I’ll always call bullshit on such a thought. It’s the kind of idea Assholes & Jerks are really into. They write that one into the margins of their dog-eared copy of Atlas Shrugged and smile to themselves.