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Posted by Daniel Allen | September 12, 2008 5:06 PM

if I ever ge ridiculously wealthy ill fund some motherfucking arts. particularly musical theatre.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 12, 2008 5:18 PM

Amen, brother.

Posted by Wendy R. | September 13, 2008 11:07 AM

Was he worse than Lynn Cheney?

Posted by eliza | September 13, 2008 3:21 PM

I think the article is unfair to Gioia. He did an outstanding job given the political culture he had to work with. Due to clever misrepresentation by right-wing know-nothings, the NEA had been branded in the mind of most of the public as a far-left entity which gave tons of money to untalented America-haters. Grossly inaccurate, but that was the perception. Gioia has "rebranded" the NEA as more mainstream. I hope it can be more adventurous in an Obama administration with a large Democratic majority in Congress; nevertheless I suggest that funding for truly cutting-edge, politically tinged work will mainly have to come from foundations and individual donors. In my charitable giving, I make it a point to support theatres & art centers which present challenging work which is unlikely to attract sustained government or corporate funding - please consider doing likewise.

I look forward to seeing Gioia's poetry again.

Posted by BPJ | September 16, 2008 9:56 AM

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