Who decides whether art is ‘good’ or ‘bad’? | A.O. Scott

I think that taste hierarchies do exist and they’re almost always the kind of the representation of other sorts of hierarchies and assumptions. And that’s why I really think that part of the job of criticism is to be against…

Yann Martel: ‘Transgression is central to art’

Yann Martel: ‘Transgression is central to art’

I think transgression is central to art. In art you cross borders and I’ve done that constantly in my fiction. So, for example, my first book was a collection of short stories and in it were the main stories about…

Hey Bill Nye, ‘Is Art as Important as Science’? #TuesdaysWithBill

Hey Bill Nye, ‘Is Art as Important as Science’? #TuesdaysWithBill

Hi Bill. My name’s Theo. I’m 13 years old and I’m a huge fan of your work. I want to know if you think art is important. And if art is important is it as important as the sciences? Thanks.…

The art of argument | Jordan Peterson

The art of argument | Jordan Peterson

So how do you deal with situations where your words are likely to be used out of context, let’s say. And that’s a situation I’ve encountered. Well, you see, you encounter a situation like that very frequently. Everyone does in…

Leon Botstein: Art Now (Aesthetics Across Music, Painting, Architecture, Movies, and More.)

Leon Botstein: Art Now (Aesthetics Across Music, Painting, Architecture, Movies, and More.)

Hi, my name is Leon Botstein. I’m president of Bard College and I’m a musician and a historian of music. My subject today is the arts and art and what is it and why should we study it. Why is…

James Patterson on writing: Plotting, research, and first drafts

James Patterson on writing: Plotting, research, and first drafts

I think outlines are hugely important for almost anything you do – probably not everything but almost everything. Certainly writing novels that are nonfiction; I think writing speeches, same thing writing essays, writing letters. And it always comes down to…