Andrew Goldman has written a wonderful article about Annie Leibovitz's recent financial travails for New York magazine that you can read online. "How Could This Happen to Annie Leibovitz? The $24 million question" is a long read, but very good. The article is dramatic and harrowing, a tale of obsession and excess, with a tinge of Greek tragedy, even. Makes you rethink the meaning of her life and work all over again. Great writing, gripping reading.
(Thanks to David A. Goldfarb)
Featured Comment by Ken Tanaka: "Ms. Leibovitz's financial predicament is sad. But...
"This is largely a self-inflicted situation. At 59 with a good-sized fortune of earnings history Leibovitz knows very well that she's a child with money. She also seems to be poor at engaging help with her shortcoming and, making matter worse, apparently tantrums like a child, too. That's a suicidal formula found throughout the entertainment biz, especially pro sports.
"So although I am a compassionate person it's hard to for me to give a care about someone who has been so careless and arrogant with so many extraordinary gifts and opportunities.
"I reserve my sympathies for people whose hard-won resources are being wiped out, despite prudent and mature stewardship and planning, due to circumstances completely beyond their control."
Featured Comment by Hugh Crawford: "Anybody who says Annie's career is not a tragedy doesn't know what the word 'tragedy' means, so here is the definition:
"The character traits that were behind the work she made were exactly what doomed her financially. The real bad guys in this story are the people who took advantage of her being a somewhat insecure perfectionist because they liked the results.
"It's like that line in Woody Allen's Annie Hall...
"I have known a lot of artists, actors and musicians, and most, not all but most of them are either ADD, OCD or bipolar. Some are more than one and many are perfectionists on top of it all.
"It's easy to say that a reasonable and sensible person wouldn't get into her mess but a reasonable and sensible person wouldn't get hired to do what she does."