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Dennis Dutton, RIP
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December 29, 2010, 12:06 AM
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Dennis Dutton, founder of the invaluable Arts & Letters Daily website, has died at age 66 of prostate cancer. He was a professor of philosophy at the U. of Canterbury in New Zealand. When I mentioned to him once where I was from, he pointed out that he`d grown up in the San Fernando Valley, too, and his parents had owned the well-known Dutton`s bookstore in North Hollywood.

His recent book is The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution. He also wrote insightfully about the always interesting topic of art forgery.