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the uselessness of art

Musician and friend Adam Simmons sent out an email a few years ago promoting something he called "The Usefulness of Art", along the lines of a music performance event, I believe. It was not until a few months later when I received another mailout that I realised I had misread the initial message; It was not what my subconscious had presumed as the most propitious reading of that jumble of letters, uselessness, but in fact (possibly) the opposite, USEFULNESS. I had a jolly good chuckle over this misreading, the unmasking of my values and interpretation of my world. That we must resort to declaring the use-value of such a 'thing', such an 'action', such an 'experience', such a necessary mode o

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