On the Life Span of Art
"We have a tendency in this country to confuse a long life with a worthwhile one," TV critic Robert Lloyd writes in today's Los Angeles Times. He's talking about television series that go on too long (22 episodes a year instead of, say, 13; five increasingly wan seasons instead of a robust two), yet his point applies across the culture -- and across artistic disciplines.
That may be meager comfort to the author whose sublime novel is overlooked and swiftly remaindered; the playwright whose scintillating drama will never see the lights of Broadway, let alone thrive under them; the director whose small masterpiece of a film opens and closes in the blink of an eye. But that doesn't make it any less true.