This is a blog about the arts in New York City and the rest of America, written by Terry Teachout. Terry is a critic, biographer, playwright, director, librettist, recovering musician, and inveterate blogger. In addition to theater, he writes here and elsewhere about all of the other arts–books, ballet, music, painting and sculpture, film and TV, and whatever else happens to catch his eye or ear.
Clement Greenberg, the great art critic, believed that “in the long run there are only two kinds of art: the good and the bad. This difference cuts across all other differences in art. At the same time, it makes all art one….the experience of art is the same in kind or order despite all differences in works of art themselves.” Terry feels the same way, which is one of the reasons why he writes about so many different things. He thinks that many people–maybe most–approach art with a similarly wide-ranging appreciation. By writing in this space about his own experiences as a consumer and critic of the arts, he hopes to create a meeting place in cyberspace for arts lovers who are similarly curious, adventurous, and unafraid of the unfamiliar.
Many older postings on this blog were contributed by Laura Demanski (whose entries are signed with the pseudonym Our Girl in Chicago, or “OGIC” for short), a Chicago-based writer with experience as an editor, critic, graduate student, and teacher, and Carrie A.A. Frye (“CAAF” for short), a writer living in Asheville, North Carolina who previously blogged at Tingle Alley.