The Upside of Jealousy and Envy for Artists

Susan Abbott, “Self Portrait” (detail), oil on linen

To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self. Joan Didion

There was a time when, on the same date of each month, my husband would come home from work and find me sitting on the couch, looking mean-spirited and morose. He’d muster his courage and sarcasm, and ask, “Did that art magazine arrive today? What’s the matter…someone getting ahead of you?”