Nearly 100% of people can see and experience art yet only about 10% of North Americans visited an art museum of any type last year.

Nearly 100% of people can read, yet only 20% of people regularly buy and read books (approx. 1 book per month). The majority of regular book buyers and readers in the U.S. are white females over age 40. The majority of books that they buy and read are romance novels and cookbooks.

The official “answer” to these situations is that a) people who don’t go to museums aren’t cultured enough to ‘appreciate’ fine art; and b) those who don’t regularly buy and read books aren’t sophisticated or intelligent enough to read what is served up to them.

I think most people know these things aren’t true but the people who maintain the elitist industries about which you write believe these things. They truly believe people are too ‘uncultured’ or ‘unsophisticated’ or just plain ‘unintelligent’ when they express preferences that differ from the monolithic all-white, all-male taste extravaganza.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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