David P Goldman

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Drawing by Leonard Raven-Hill, 1924.

Why is it that the audience for modern art is quite happy to take in the ideological message of modernism while strolling through an art gallery, but loath to hear the same message in the concert hall?

Gilgamesh encountered the ancient Mesopotamian gods when he set out to discover the meaning of life; plate from "Monuments of Ninevah, Second Series," compiled by Austen Henry Layard, 1853.

The only thing worse than searching in vain for the meaning of life within the terms of the 20th century is to find it, for it can only be a meaning understood by the searcher alone, who by virtue of the discovery is cut off from future as well as past.

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