Perfect lines in a pretty1 good essay:

This is why, to this day, the only scary thing about art in the pop cultural mind is your daughter2 majoring in it. This is why galleries and museums are open during work hours instead of play hours and look like banks instead of bars3. This is why deeply immersive forms of art (first drama, then novels, now video games) draw attacks from people claiming they pull people out of life4.

  1. It’s only ‘pretty’ good because, of course he can say this given his art world ‘pedigree’ and (it’s getting so cliche to say) white male-ness ↩︎
  2. Interestingly, my immediate family was completely on board with me going to art school. ‘Outsiders’ often look at me like I’m an ass for having gone. {Maybe if I, too, had gone to Yale…} ↩︎
  3. This is true of so many establishment, but, with the number of working people, you’d thing most places would be open until at least 7:00PM. ↩︎
  4. Hmm. I’ve drawn what might seem a parallel conclusion, but it isn’t; I prefer to spend time in my own rather than in someone else’s imagination. ↩︎