Cliff Clavin: “Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”
Sam Thorne for Frieze regarding the Venice Biennale’s artist list.
I don’t like it when people aren’t careful with their words. I don’t hold myself to the same standard as much as I should, especially because when you are writing about art you are typically dealing with a highly intelligent crowd. This sentence is careless and it makes it seem as though Thorne is upest that the Biennale is 40% women, which is actually a good thing. A very good thing. Even in context the sentence is surrounded by other negative ones about the choices that the curator made regarding the list, which makes it all the worse. Careless and annoying.