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“What is a curator, and why is it the admired cultural position of the
moment? Why is this the word that springs to our tongues today when
once we would have said “DJ,” or “blogger,” or “expert,” or just “snob”?
And why is it persistently associated with liberals?

Consider the most basic aspect of the word as we use it today. A
curator is an arbiter, someone who distinguishes between what is good
and what is bad. Curators tell us what to welcome and what to exclude,
what to keep and what to toss. They make judgments. They define what is
legitimate and what is not.

But curators don’t make these judgments subjectively or out of the
blue, as would chefs or gourmands or other sorts of fussy people. No,
curators are professional arbiters of taste and judgment,
handing down their verdicts on news stories or pot roasts from a
position of dignity and certified authority.

The word is deeply associated with academic achievement. Gallery
curators are often people with advanced degrees, and “curation” and its
variants are sometimes used to describe certain kinds of university
officials. The highest officers of the University of Missouri, for
example, are called curators, and at Bennington College, even
prospective students are encouraged to think of themselves as
curators—curators, that is, of their applications to associate with this
illustrious institution. As Bennington’s magazine puts it, they are
invited to “curate their submissions and engage in the admissions
process as a learning experience.”

It’s all about social status, in other words, and the eternal desire
of Americans to claw their way upward by means of some fancy-sounding

– Thomas Frank, “The Revolution Will Not Be Curated.” The Baffler, March 9, 2017.

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December 10, 2016: a new episode of The Anatomy Lesson at 11pm EST on CFRC 101.9 FM. New music by hansmole, Low Factor, Carla Del Forno, Ivory Towers, Virginia Wing, Gross Net, Security, War Nurse, plus some A Primary Industry, Ensemble Pittoresque and Collectionism. Check out the setlist below, tune in at 101.9 on your FM dial, stream at http://audio.cfrc.ca:8000/listen.pls or download the finished show at cfrc.ca.

War Nurse – “Shame and Judgement” Distress Calling
Sanne de Neige – “Insomnie” The Forest Tapes
Low Factor – “Le Minotaure” Leçons du tonnerre: Comment créer un orage
Ivory Towers – “The Midgard Serpent / Barnacles Have No True Heart” Vile
Security – “Position” Arid Land
Gross Net – “The Body” Quantitative Easing
A Primary Industry – “Cicatrice” Ultramarine (1985)
Virginia Wing – “Hammer A Nail” Forward Constant Motion
Ensemble Pittoresque – “Building Brains” For This Is Past (1983)
Collectionism – “The Side Effect” Collectionism (1986)
Hansmole – “Endless Abundance” Endless Abundance
Carla Del Forno – “The Same Reply” You Know What It’s Like

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