The New York Times has an excellent piece up on Buenos Aires’s recent innovation of providing pensions to its aging writers.
The city of Buenos Aires now gives pensions to published writers in a program that attempts to strengthen the “vertebral column of society,” as drafters of the law described their goal. Since its enactment recently, more than 80 writers have been awarded pensions, which can reach almost $900 a month, supplementing often meager retirement income.
“The program is magnificent, delivering some dignity to those of us who have toiled our entire life for literature,” said Alberto Laiseca, 71, one of the recipients, who has written more than a dozen books of horror fiction, including “The Garden of Talking Machines” and “The Adventures of Professor Eusebio Filigranati.”
It’s good to see at least some governments supporting those who have provided very real cultural (if not economic) contributions to society and culture through the arts and who are all too often overlooked.