“On the other hand, capitalism is inherently Darwinian, and a just society must provide a safety net for the poor. While intrusion by government into the market should be as minimal as possible, it is ethically imperative to monitor working conditions, product safety and environmental integrity. My lifelong scriptural texts are William Blake’s radical poems “The Chimney Sweeper” and “London” (discussed in my first book), which heartbreakingly dramatize the disparity between the powerful and the powerless in newly industrialized, polluted England.” From Camille Paglia’s Salon column of 8 December 1999.
“William Blake was a painter, printmaker, and poet who was convinced his poetry far surpassed his art. In the 20th century, it’s the art that’s considered more important.” Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum, in Art for Dummies (IDG Books, 1999): 141. Try the Idiot’s Guide?
“William Blake for goodness sake.” The Montana Logging and Ballet Company reviews the last one thousand years of human history. Weekend Edition—Sunday, National Public Radio, 2 January 2000.