Denis Dutton – RIP

I read with sadness today that Denis Dutton, founder and editor of Arts and Letters Daily, has died.

This is a great loss. I would like to offer my condolences to his friends and family.

Denis Dutton, founder and editor of Arts & Letters Daily and a professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, has died. Born in California, Mr. Dutton received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He created Arts & Letters Daily in 1998. The Chronicle of Higher Education purchased the widely praised site in 2002.

“Denis was the creative force behind Arts & Letters Daily and wrote all the items on the page himself, even when he was on vacation,” said Phil Semas, president and editor in chief of The Chronicle. “He is nearly irreplaceable. Even so, we intend to continue Arts & Letters Daily in the spirit in which Denis created and nurtured it.”

Evan Goldstein of The Chronicle and Mr. Dutton’s longtime collaborator, Tran Huu Dung, a professor of economics at Wright State University, will continue to produce the site.

From: Denis Dutton, Founder of ‘Arts & Letters Daily,’ Dies – The Ticker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

See more:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2010/12/denis-dutton.html
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/12/denis-dutton-has-died.html
http://reason.com/blog/2010/12/28/denis-dutton-rip
http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/dutton09/dutton09_index.html
http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2010/12/denis-dutton-9-february-1944-28-december-2010.html
http://dgmyers.blogspot.com/2010/12/denis-dutton-19442010.html
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/256014/re-dennis-dutton-rip-adam-keiper
http://www.ted.com/talks/denis_dutton_a_darwinian_theory_of_beauty.html?awesm=on.ted.com_8nRa&utm_campaign=denis_dutton_a_darwinian_theory_of_beauty

California 2011

“Over a hundred-mile stretch, when I stopped in San Joaquin for a bottled water, or drove through Orange Cove, or got gas in Parlier, or went to a corner market in southwestern Selma, my home town, I was the only non-Hispanic — there were no Asians, no blacks, no other whites. We may speak of the richness of “diversity,” but those who cherish that ideal simply have no idea that there are now countless inland communities that have become near-apartheid societies, where Spanish is the first language, the schools are not at all diverse, and the federal and state governments are either the main employers or at least the chief sources of income — whether through emergency rooms, rural health clinics, public schools, or social-service offices. An observer from Mars might conclude that our elites and masses have given up on the ideal of integration and assimilation, perhaps in the wake of the arrival of 11 to 15 million illegal aliens.”

From: Two Californias – Victor Davis Hanson – National Review Online