Rise and Fall stories are common enough, but the tale of Ford Beckman is so outstanding I thought to make note of the outstanding essay “The Disappearance of Ford Beckman” from the Believer Art Issue. In short, Beckman went from playing golf with Oral Roberts, to pushing a fashion label, to selling a wild amount of art and befriending Cy Twombly, to selling donuts. Though a bit sad, its also highly enjoyable stuff.
The Believer Art Issue is published annually as the Nov/Dec publication. Again, highly enjoyable stuff.