How Do I Take in Better Stuff?
October 8, 2013 8:15 AM Subscribe
How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist?
posted by Apropos of Something to media & arts (19 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I've been thinking a lot lately about how to be more ... culturally enriched. I know lots of people say they want to give up TV, or stop following the truly ephemeral on the Internet or what not, but for me, I'm starting to viscerally feel the negative impact of some of the more salacious media - it stresses me out and makes my attention skittish. Plus I'm recognizing that I only have one life to live, and there's an endless pile of Proust or Chopin or Rafael etc to dig into.
So, I know what to look at, listen to, read, et al - or, at least, I can find out with relative ease. I want to know how I maintain the focus and energy and carve out the time to do it. More importantly, I want to do it without becoming the out-of-touch guy who knows about the opera but doesn't know about Breaking Bad, or looks down on "low" culture because it's low. I want to do this because I think it will make me feel better, not look better. Also, I can't afford to spend the kind of money that going to the symphony every weekend might cost.
Your tips about how you've made more time for high culture are appreciated. Resources are better. Help me replace my bits of time for cultural consumption during the day - the small ones at my computer, or the large ones after work's put away - with something more fulfilling.