I am not much of an art enthusiast. Give me some Vermeer and I’m happy. In undergrad art history, which I took as a summer elective—art history was looked down upon by the history majors, you didn’t have to do as much work—I saw lots of amazing things. Whenever I see a cathedral, my mind goes to the Raymond Carver, my failed attempt at turning that story into an unlicensed short film, and the transepts and the apses. I dig art history. A sprinkle of influence from here, all out ripping off from there, you’ve got art. It’s the easiest artistic medium to appreciate—for the most part, you’re looking at a single object in real space—but the hardest to learn about. There’s a lot to commit to memory. So, props to the art historians.

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