Charity for Art's Sake

Fareed Zakaria and Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

Charity for Art's Sake

Fareed Zakaria and Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

Charity for Art's Sake
An email conversation about the news of the day.
May 3 1999 11:25 AM

Fareed Zakaria and Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

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I did see that foundation story. I think it's actually a sensible solution to the arts-funding controversy. The government should support mainstream and high culture (that's what it can do well and with good reason). Private foundations should fund experimental art. Everyone will be happy. It's always seemed strange to me that avant-garde artists who protest against everything about American society and government then go begging for federal handouts. Anyway, I'm off to work. The next time we chat I will have glanced at the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

Fareed Zakaria, Slate's wine columnist, is also managing editor of Foreign Affairs and a contributing editor of Newsweek. Paula Throckmorton Zakaria designs jewelry and writes occassionally for the Wall Street Journal and other publications. She was president and publisher of The Black Book, a photography journal and sourcebook based in New York.