What is art? Defining art and judging the quality of art have been the preoccupations of human beings for millennia. The New Webster’s Dictionary defines art as “the use of the imagination to make things of aesthetic significance.” Wikipedia probes further and tells us art is the “process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions.” This leads to the question of establishing objective criteria for defining art. Is art a process or a result? Does an inherent connection exist between art and beauty? Is art anything we say it is? Is it intended to be appreciated or enjoyed? Should it have a function beyond its appreciation?.
Anthony hardly sounded enthused about the possibility of being invited to the All Star Game to replace Kevin Love (nursing a knee injury). Anthony has plans to vacation in a warm climate. Two other top candidates to potentially replace Love are hurt: Joel Embiid (out since Jan.
Very disappointed by the amount of meat, I told the carver he was an expert wafer thin carver no response. I had a slice of beef and a slice of gammon, both of which were about 3 inches square (about 1/4 of the area of the face of each roast) and so thin that the plate could be seen through each. I also had a little pile of turkey scraps.
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general, squared off in a packed auditorium during the hour long forum, which was sponsored by the SouthCoast Alliance.Coakley fired the opening salvo, telling the crowd that she supports the South Coast Rail project, but money for major initiatives has been limited in the wake of “funding on the Big Dig, which my Republican opponent was engaged in.”She referred to Baker’s tenure as the state’s budget chief during the mid 1990s, when he played a key role in developing a financing plan to sustain the infamous construction project.The South Coast project would extend the existing rail line that ends in Stoughton southward, along inactive rail beds and a proposed 1.5 mile trestle over the Hockomock Swamp in Easton and Raynham. South of Taunton, the route would split, with a main branch heading to New Bedford and a secondary branch to Fall River, both using active freight tracks.Baker fired back at Coakley, stating that the project began when he was in college and continued after he left the state Executive Office of Administration and Finance.And, Baker said, his financing plan was a template that Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, used for an ambitious bridge repair project of his own.But Coakley kept up the attack, noting that Baker did not support the South Coast Rail during his prior run for governor in 2010, and that while he backs the initiative now, he has not said how he will pay for it.”The attorney general thinks we should just raise taxes forever” to pay for the rail project, he said.Both candidates sought to portray themselves as sensitive to the concerns in the region, which has struggled in recent years with high unemployment, underperforming school districts, and an opiate crisis.But the sparing continued throughout the gubernatorial forum.After hearing Baker pledge to increase local aid to cities and towns when tax revenues increase, as well as develop vacant state owned land, Coakley pointed to his unwillingness to raise taxes and his support for business tax breaks, which he concedes would cost the state up to $300 million.”That sounds like a little bit of fuzzy math to me,” she said.Baker responded coolly.”I sometimes wonder if the attorney general has read my economic development plan,” he said before listing several proposals, including boosting the earned income tax credit for low wage workers and easing regulatory burdens on small businesses.Coakley and her campaign staff have said the lawsuit was part of her longtime push to get lenders to modify the terms of loans to help homeowners who have fallen behind on payments avoid foreclosure.Baker, who has faced similar scrutiny about a deal between his Cambridge based venture capital firm and the New Jersey pension fund, steered clear of the foreclosure lawsuit during Friday’s debate.But when he criticized Coakley earlier in the week over the matter, she accused him of backing Wall Street banks.The remaining candidates for governor are independents Scott Lively, Jeff McCormick, and Evan Falchuk. Voters go to the polls on Nov.