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Seldes asks listeners if they think of Gian Carlo Manotti, the composer of "The Saint of Bleeker Street" as an Italian composer? Seldes wonders why this identification of 'not being an American' has been placed on Manotti in an advertisement associated with Huntington Hartford, and put out by the Citizens Union Research Association.
The advertisement is about modern art and critics of modern art. The ad has a quote from Donald Adams of the New York Times, who claims that criticism has fallen to a new low, divorced from life and low in quality. Hartford, who wrote the advertisement claims that this is a concession by critics that they have fallen to a new low.
He goes on to discuss Hartford's denunciation of modern art. The article also quotes Manotti as saying that the American people do not like artists.
He calls Hartford and aesthetic critic, as well as a social and art one.
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