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The main problem that I have with this kind of thing is that I no longer have the vaguest idea what an artist is. (As one example, there are now people known as rap artists.)

I wish I could be sure that a person who calls himself an artist is really expressing "what is deepest inside of himself"--in which case, I guess it's art--and that he's not just putting everybody on, trying to make a public splash or to have his work overvalued or something along those lines. Lately I often find myself doubting the sincerity of some of these people. Do they *really* think they're producing art or are they just funnin us?

Jim Donnelly
Hyattsville, Maryland

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