(or some such organ or place in my body)
The graphic arts are easiest to critique, they’re tangible.
Look at the detail in this ancient painting!
Look at the detail in this classic sculpture!
LOOK at all the details in this modern work of an ancient practice, her marble-like buttocks no longer inanimate in cold stone!
Second to that medium, Writing seems most accessible. It’s right there on the page. In Poetry, I’ve already quoted here both Robert Frost and e.e. cummings. I haven’t yet found a place for another favorite, Charles Bukowski. In Prose, I’m a huge fan of Hemingway’s, less so of J.K. Rowling’s with her recent commentaries (but I think her work will stand the test of time and become a classic).
In Acting, Brando set the bar high, passed it on to others such as Daniel Day Lewis, and Robert Duvall, but in my opinion, Meryl Streep has no equal today.
In the Theatre, I used to think that Arthur Miller’s talent would never be equaled, until Lin-Manuel Miranda came along.
In Dance, I once got to see Mikhail Baryshnikov dance. I don’t ever think I’ll see ANYTHING as impressive!
Which brings us to Music. There are the old guard of Mozart, Vivaldi, and Beethoven, old school such as Aaron Copland, the Rolling Stones, Waylon Jennings to Chris Stapleton, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, all of whom (among MANY others) I LOVE.
But topping them all in my heart is this band. “All you need is love,” “and in the end, the love you make is equal to the love you take.”
Who are your favs, why? Talk to me in the comments below, please.