Today is my first day back to work at Durham College. (Friday is my traditional DC day, which is a great way to end the week really: close to home.)I am hopeful that Greg Murphy, my Dean, will come in and give one of his back to school pep talks to my class, but I can't remember if he only does that at the start of the school year. In this talk, he gives one of the more insightfully concise deliberations on the nature of art that I've ever heard. I am going to paraphrase his argument as such:
There are a lot of places in the world where we can get the facts. We are surrounded by a world of facts and information. Art helps us contemplate how we feel about those facts. It helps us understand how we feel about the world around us.