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posted by [personal profile] babastudio at 07:24pm on 20/04/2009

Unfortunately, there is a slightly strange thread (or three) raging over at  AT that keep swinging back to the question of whether Stuart Kaplan, the only person who has ever made a fortune from tarot publishing, is or is not a "nice man".

But every time that phrase comes up I think of this advert from years ago and I just can't take the question seriously (pretty odd question in any case):
http://www.tellyads.com/show_movie_vintage.php?filename=VA0615

which reminds me of a member of my family. Anyway, let's not go there - by breakdown truck or otherwise.
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posted by [identity profile] bonniecehovet.livejournal.com at 12:14pm on 21/04/2009
This conversation about Mr. Kaplan has been going on for years - and really heated up when he was getting his divorce!

There was a recent comment on Twitter from a fairly high profile Tarot person about whether the Pamela Colman Smith commerative deck was produced just for the sake of bringing in money. As if there was no need for another deck along this line, or whether it had no intrinsic value of its own.

Back to Mr. Kaplan, and whether he is nice or not. He is a business man, and business is not always "nice". Let the man be known for his work. ;-)
 
posted by [identity profile] baba-studio.livejournal.com at 10:37pm on 22/04/2009
Yes, I tend to feel that ideas like "nice man" are too vague to be useful. It seems better to judge someone on their record. I really know nothing about him on a personal level in any case - nor do I want to.
 
posted by [identity profile] tashas-corner.livejournal.com at 06:12pm on 22/04/2009
The fact that AT has this problem on their forum does not surprise me. My husband was a member of the AT Forums and was treated disgracefully by a clique there that tends to be brutal towards anyone with a different view or cutural understanding of Tarot. AT is a great site to research decks, but it's forums, and the cliques running those forums, leave much to be desired.

It's forums is one of the last places I would seek a meaningful exchange or discussion of the Tarot.
 
posted by [identity profile] baba-studio.livejournal.com at 10:39pm on 22/04/2009
Well, I think AT can be good, but like any large forum, it has threads that just get out of hand and over-emotional. I'm sorry your husband had a bad time there. Forums are a difficult format for communication in many ways - they can become upsetting suddenly and spectacularly, partly because it's so hard to judge tone online.

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