My father was an artist — an artist of the business deal. He was a virtuoso. Most of his deals, but not all, were profitable. Many turned out quite ordinary. But some were beautiful.
As an art form, the business deal is fluid, pliable, liable to shift, even fall to pieces, at any moment. It resembles music in that its structure takes place over time. Unlike music, it cannot be judged until it is completed, when it can be contemplated as a finished work.
The art of the bu