Once upon a time, questions about the use-value of art were the height of philistinism. “All art is quite useless,” wrote the aesthete Oscar Wilde, presaging the attitudes of modernists to come. Explaining this statement in a letter to a perplexed fan, Wilde opined that art “is not meant to instruct, or to influence action in any way.” But if you ask Alain de Botton, founder of “cultural enterprise,” The School of Life, art—or literature specifically—does indeed have a practical purpose. Four to be precise.
Welcome to the latest reincarnation of digitalsouls.com — as a WordPress site.
Previous incarnations of digitalsouls.com included early html only versions (1997-2000), followed by an incarnation as a PHP reactor (2001-3), followed in turn by a very successful life as a PHP Nuke in which digitalsouls.com evolved and grew through multiple versions of that publishing platform (2004-2013). Now, after a rather brief incarnation as a Joomla site (2013-14), digitalsouls.com emerges once more in its latest reincarnation, this time as a WordPress site.