[f_minor] Denis Dutton has died.
maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 28 19:03:23 EST 2010
A lot of you may be familiar with Denis Dutton's writings. Dutton championed Gould and remained his staunch defender.
Dutton's brilliant website "Arts and Letters Daily" has been my homepage for as long as I've been online, I woke up today
to find its banner in black for the first time:
"It's a grave mistake in publishing, whether you're talking about
Internet or print publication, to try to play to a limited repertoire of
established reader interests. A few years ago, Bill Gates was boasting
that we'll soon have sensors which will turn on the music that we like
or show on the walls the paintings we like when we walk into a room. How
boring! The hell with our preexisting likes; let's expand ourselves
intellectually." - Dennis Dutton, founder of Arts & Letters Daily, who died today, speaking in a 2000 interview with Salon.
Arts & Letters is a stellar example of how a well-curated site
(and the minds behind it) can be offer be a constant source of surprise
and delight. He'll be missed. - Zoe Pollock
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