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Thomas Kinkade, photographed by Michael A. Jones for the Sacramento Bee
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WHY IS AMERICAN TASTE SO CRAPPY?
by Charlie Finch

The death of kitsch painter Thomas Kinkade, whose nauseating fantasies are said to hang in one out of every 20 homes in America, reminds us that America leads the world in cultural crap and that, frightfully, that same crap from American Idol to the Saw movies to gangbang porn is not only the one commercial export we have left, it has polluted civilization from Murmansk to Montevideo.

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