Populism

From today’s Times: “Somehow, the visual arts have resisted the American democratic impulse to recreate Europe’s loftiest traditions as vernacular entertainments. Here, the opera became the musical, and ballet the Ice Capades. The didactic sermons of Jonathan Edwards are now op-ed pieces. The high art tradition of cinema, mainly a French confection, survives in the ghetto of college film courses, having been overwhelmed by the popularity of Billy Wilders and Steven Spielbergs.”

Oh, I get to be a Republican judge of election on Tuesday. How exciting!