What Good Are the Arts? by John Carey is a brilliant look at how we handle our comprehension of arts of all kinds. Carey starts by asking the familiar question: What is art? He shows us how other critics have answered this question over the years, but eventually provides us with his own sensible and succinct point of view. “Anything can be a work of art. What makes it a work of art is that someone thinks of it as a work of art.”
Hardcover, 304 pages. Oxford University Press 2006, $16.38 at Amazon.