By Michael P. Scott
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, 21
October 2006—I get so frustrated when ENTIRE sections of American
newspapers are devoted to mind-numbing, incomprehensible, arcane sports
statistics treated with the same awe as the second coming of Christ and
yet, as was the case recently in Indianapolis, Indiana,
the local newspaper could only eke out space for one
six-inch story about the local opera and absolutely no space devoted to
the Indianapolis Symphony's performance with a Tchaikovsky Piano Competition winner.
But, as is the case with so many newspapers, there's about as
much chance of The Indianapolis Star expanding its arts coverage to
even half the space devoted to high school track and field, let alone
basketball and/or football, as there is of me growing thin and hair.
The New York Times
recently cited (in a review of the newest book about Steinway Pianos)
Thomas Mann’s contention that "only the exhaustive is truly
interesting." If Indianapolis (and many other American cities) hopes
to achieve its desire to be a world class arts community, it must realize
that dumbing things down (Amy Grant, for Heaven's sake, heads the list of
upcoming Indianapolis Symphony guest artists) isn't going to
help. "Exhaustive" WILL help—look no further than to coverage
of business, crime and—especially in this town—cars that go really fast in
endless left-hand circles every May!