Half a century before Buzzfeed, a nocturnal epiphany about the greatest threat to art.
By Maria Popova
We are in constant dynamic interaction with the thing we call culture — culture is both shaped by our values and shapes what we come to value. I think a great deal about the line between catering and creating, and on which side of it artists, writers, musicians, thinkers, and other culture-crafters must stand — is the responsibility of the cultural enterprise to cater to what people, or “the people,” already crave, or is it to create new, more elevated tastes by insisting on the substantive over the vacant? No doubt there is a necessary dialogue between catering and creating,… read article