Three ways of paying attention in the arts –
1. Classical music: “It’s just music.” Yeah, but it still requires some close, one-thing-at-a-time attention. If you can remember what that means, here’s Benjamin F. Carlson on how “the purpose is to enjoy,” and how “face-melting harpsichord riffs” can be relevant again.
2. Video games need your attention. According to Todd Patrick in the New York Observer, they get it: “”You want to write a novel? Who’s going to read it? A bunch of people in grad school? Fuck that…Everybody plays video games.” With the real-life writers moving from movies and print to games, they might be even harder to ignore.
3. Sometimes art doesn’t ask. It just shows up.
One of each, once in a while, please.