Instead of commenting on each of these articles at length I thought I'd make a quick note of each and give them to you all in one post. So, enjoy!
Excellent article (from ALDaily) on the last thing classical music needs right now: blind praise
Can the constitution be seen as a cultural document, a work of art? Not exactly, but there is much to learn in this piece by conservative historian of the American Revolution Gordon Wood
Can videogames be an effective storytelling medium? Possibly, but the key aspect which differentiates them from novels, etc. is: interactivity (the same point reached by Kojima in a previous post about whether videogames are an artform)
On the topic of previous post concerning the social circumstances/agency debate (and where Marx stands), Steven Pinker holds an interview with BoingBoing guest commentor on the nature vs. nuture debates. The bottom line: Pinker is a methodological individualist (see a counterargument here)
Ponyo, Miyazaki's latest film, was released in the U.S. on Friday. The critics' verdict: overwhelmingly positive but it ain't no Spirited Away