Sunday, June 27, 2004

Is commentary and criticism necessary?

Poetry critic Helen Vendler says:
If the arts are so satisfactory an embodiment of human experience, why do we need studies commenting on them? Why not merely take our young people to museums, to concerts, to libraries? There is certainly no substitute for hearing Mozart, reading Dickinson, or looking at the boxes of Joseph Cornell. Why should we support a brokering of the arts; why not rely on their direct impact?

from the lecture The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar.

Link provided by Arts & Literature Daily.

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