Economics and the arts — roundup

1. I hate inspiring films.  This AFI list of the most inspiring films is yuck.  How about Audition, or Ichi the Killer?

2. Over at Slate, Meghan O’Rourke and James Surowiecki make the case for Buenos Aires in a wonderful multi-part series.  Here is their piece on "Argentina’s Woody Allen," whom I recommend.

3. Google does Shakespeare, the site is here.

4. Are European art museums falling behind?

5. Britney Spears admits to being "an emotional wreck."


The English language is a failure:
Even though it contains hundreds of thousands of words, which can be arranged in an infinite number of combinations, it is *still* impossible for mere words to express my complete and utter lack of interest in Britney's plight.

I thought Secretary was kind of inspiring.

"How about Audition, or Ichi the Killer?"

What exactly did those films inspire you to do? Maybe you can't say?

I would have liked to have seen The Seven Samurai on the list, but I think it is only for American films.

I'll echo the other commenters (commentors?) and say that most of those films on the list are pretty good. Well directed, well acted, good cinematography, good soundtracks. You might not care for that genre of film*, but to categorize them as "yuck" seems odd.

*Is "inspirational" really a genre? An odd list, for sure. As far as I can tell, the main uniting feature of the movies are that they have a morally good hero who (generally) triumphs.

I confess to having not seen "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in the movie version, but I've seen the play. "Inspiring" isn't the word that comes to mind.

Hey 93 is about a sort-of economist.

Also, clearly rockism is raising its ugly head here -- Britney has to be at least the 3rd or 4th best pop artists of the last 20 years, and yes I'm including Europe. You may not like the genre but the wuality is right up there. Plus, she's 100% Louisiana.

The Sound of Music? Does their dictionary list "annoying" as an alternate definition of inspiring?

current liberty fund conference featured a showing of (the director's cut) brazil.

I don't have any personal interest in Britney Spears, but it might be important if a culture's best rewards of money and fame aren't actually rewarding.

I am inspired that so many have even heard of, let alone seen, Ichi the Killer.

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