Clive Crook eulogizes Denis Dutton's Arts & Letters Daily. I agree totally with Clive - and find the idea of an "irreplaceable" aggregator something of a new landmark in web media. I mean: what did Denis Dutton do? He compiled a variety of links to interesting pieces, columns, reviews, essays, etc. He wrote the briefest of content lines. But it was in this economy of style and truly liberal spirit that his genius lay.
He created a space for so many others simply by being who he was. Online, no one had to give him a license for that. And a man as urbane and as well-read and as curious as Clive doesn't know what to do without him. Somehow, death brings to life the very acute intimacy of the mass media we now have.
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