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by waxbanks

When you talk about one work of art being better or worse than another you mean ‘better/worse for me,’ which is just to say you like it (at this moment) more or less than the other thing.

Usually you can’t say why. Indeed, not being able to explain your affection for a thing is a precondition of falling ‘head over heels.’

Teenagers fixate on taste in art because we don’t let them have anything else — and taste gets refined more quickly than skill.

Popular art is for, and generally by, the young. They’re what ‘popular’ means. We don’t care what 70-year-olds are watching or listening to, because for the most part they’re not buying, and they certainly won’t be subscribing long-term. They don’t play status (ego) (money) games the way we do; that’s why they’re wise. It’s what makes wisdom possible.

We hate it when artists get old because an aging artist forces us to think about why we liked their early work (i.e., too often, its earliness). This takes us out of the game, so to speak, and forces us to consider its rules as a self-contained system.

Time is the eye of God.

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