…it is his attitude towards “artists” which has stuck with me ever since that Astronomy class, and these sections stood out in my reading of his books recently. For example, in “Mixing Paints,” he writes:
The reason why I say I’m “uncultured” or “anti-intellectual” probably goes way back to the time when I was in high school. I was always worried about being a sissy; I didn’t want to be too delicate. To me, no real man ever paid any attention to poetry and such things. How poetry ever got written–that never struck me! So I developed a negative attitude toward the guy who studies French literature, or studies too much music or poetry–all those “fancy” things. I admired better the steelworker, the welder, or the machine shop man. I always thought the guy who worked in the machine shop and could make things, now he was a real guy. That was my attitude. To be a practical man was, to me, always a positive virture, and to be “cultured” or “intellectual” was not. The first was right, of course, but the second was crazy.