What Good are the Arts?

Informative, thought provoking and entertaining (David Lodge, Sunday Times) This is such a debated topic, I thought I should add another writer's view. In one sentence John Carey basically says 'if anyone says it it art - it is art'. I'm inclined to agree. Where I don't agree is with his statement that the literary arts are more self aware and literature can totally reject literature. Anyway, some of you will also be right to say that these sentences have been taken out of context so you will have to read the book, but in the meantime please add your comments.

By the way, I think there is a debate on this topic during the festival at the Rook Lane Chapel.