Narrower Career Path For Artists

There’s no doubt that in the recent past commercialization has dominated the art world, and thus the criteria for determining what’s art and who’s an artist has undergone a certain contraction.  It turns out how this seems to be accomplished seems even more radical to what ought to go into defining art. A study published in the journal Science looked at data from 127, 208 auctions, 497, 796 exhibitions, 16,002 galleries, 289 677 exhibitions in 7,568 museums in 143 countries over the Continue reading “Narrower Career Path For Artists”

The Student Debt Crisis

The economy may be booming but it doesn’t look that way to those who have student debts. Wages are stagnating and tuition as well as interest rates are also rising. For students still in school or contemplating higher education it adds up to daunting prospects. Jerome Powell the head of the Federal Reserve is beginning to acknowledge student debt as an economic concern.  For one thing the total amount of student debt is $1.5 trillion. Indeed when those young people cannot afford Continue reading “The Student Debt Crisis”

Ode To Libraries

We have a stereotype of the spinsterish librarian and of the austere domain she (for it’s always a she) rules. Yet libraries are hubs of activities as the new Frederick Wiseman’s film “Ex-Libris: The New York Public Library” illustrates.  Even more recently a NYT article by sociologist Eric Klineberg “To restore Civil Society, Start with the Library,” reminds us how much we owe libraries and how much they contribute.  He says that libraries are valued and necessary but often influential Continue reading “Ode To Libraries”

Guns, Ammo and 3D

Beginning next year in California, gun shops will be required to keep logs of ammunition sales. Gun rights groups have long fought laws on ammunition saying it is a way around the second amendment. But as Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan reminded some 25 years ago, “guns don’t kill people, bullets do.” California already has more anti-gun laws than most states and now it is going after ammunition. For people like me who do believe guns need to be restricted in order to save lives and life altering injuries, such laws are welcomed. But what is even more welcome is the Continue reading “Guns, Ammo and 3D”