and yet also true to the artistic principles they have committed themselves
to, which in many cases are antidemocratic to the core~but often they
cannot face this fact, and it hobbles them.
Anyway, that's how I've come to see it. High art in a democratic society
is a contradiction, and it can only flourish by deception, often self-deception,
and by waiting until democracy collapses (as democracy always has
in the past) and the return of some sort of aristocratic society that
will honor the existential commitments of high art.
Boy, I didn't meant to get so involved, but your message got the brain
Really good to hear from you~will you be in SF anytime
I owe you a lunch!
I do hope to come to San Francisco in the next three months. I'll
let you know as I firm things up.
Excellent points~many I hadn't thought of, or didn't realize. I like
the "outsider now the insider" observation.
Maybe the sterility that I find in academic art is basically caused
by its loss of the only "soul" that it really ever had~the soul of
the rejected, the misunderstood, the