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The comments under the announcement of David Diamond's death on the front page raise a question that has always intrigued me as a civilian in the world of the arts and that is: to what extent, if at all, does the character of the creator matter in the evaluation of his or her body of artistic work. Should it matter to listeners whether Diamond was a nice man or not or whether Wagner was an anti-semite? My personal view is that art doesn't know who made it and that politics or personality should not be a factor. On the whole, though, I prefer nice people.
posted by Jerry Bowles