Criticism Is Also an Aesthetic Object

Every­body agrees, more or less, that art is less impor­tant than life. And yet, when con­front­ed with a choice between car­ing about art and car­ing about life, peo­ple will often choose art as the thing to pay atten­tion to. When John Lennon said won­der­ing­ly that the Bea­t­les meant more to many kids than Christ, he was rec­og­niz­ing a mod­ern truth. Art is reli­gion; vio­late its tenets at your per­il.