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High Culture: An Inquest

I see no reason why the decay of culture should not proceed much further, and why we may not even anticipate a period, of some duration, of which it will be possible to say that it will have no culture–T. S. Eliot

The above sentence, written by Eliot in 1943, is the epigraph for a long piece by Joseph Epstein–my favorite essayist–that recently appeared in The Weekly Standard.  It’s title is “Whatever Happened to High Culture?” The sub-title is “An Inquest.”  It contains a series of thought-provoking notions that I’d like to address, in this and subsequent posts. Continue reading