Oh, the Humanities!


Preserving Arts and Culture: Making the Case, Big League

President Trump released a budget plan on Thursday which calls for the eradication (via total de-funding) of four of our nation’s most significant cultural agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Quantifying the Arts and Other Foibles Of Our Modern Age

"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."

Louis Armstrong

More than 40,000 years ago, preliterate Neanderthals whose lives were one long, harsh, struggle for survival still took time to perform the irrational and impractical act of painting on cave walls, decorating utilitarian objects and creating figurines. Their need for art was arguably, vastly less than ours, but still essential to them. During World War I, trench soldiers in the midst of some of the most depraved circumstances imaginable, still felt the compulsion to create art from shell casings, cartridge clips and damaged wooden propeller blades. Surely, if all they needed was diversion they could have just played cards or masturbated.

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