Artful integrity: on Alistair Cooke

In August 1983, New York experienced a heat wave of unusual ferocity. One evening, in his 15th floor apartment overlooking Central Park, the BBC’s correspondent, Alistair Cooke, sought to divert himself with a video. He was disappointed to find the screen displaying only bands of illegible colour, though the sound appeared unaffected. Thinking the tape … Continue reading Artful integrity: on Alistair Cooke

The useful uselessness of art

Everyone knows the usefulness of what is useful, but few know the usefulness of what is useless. Zhuangzi Human beings do not have to make art to survive, which is why it’s relegated to the highest (last) place in Maslow’s much quoted hierarchy of needs. But it’s a grave mistake to think that those things we … Continue reading The useful uselessness of art