Friday, March 12, 2010

the problem

“Making contributions about culture at cocktail parties still has priceless value for a great many people.”

That's Joe Melillo, Executive Producer at BAM, quoted in the Times today.

Joe's a good guy and he's right, but when I read these things the old heart breaks a little bit.

It's just a terrible truth that we labor in the arts in America so that upper-class people have something to talk about. We do it for other reasons, of course, but think about it.

If rich people stopped caring about the arts tomorrow, how many theaters would close? How many orchestras would fold?

Dark thoughts on a gray day, sorry about that.

Happy weekend, all.

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