Are you fooled? Take our quiz to find out if you’re an art and entertainment snob or slouch

Everyone thinks he or she is right when it comes to what is good in art and entertainment.

Women know what looks great — or awful — on other women. Husbands are positive their taste in music is better than their wives’.


No one has better taste than anyone else when it comes to art and entertainment because art and entertainment interests are subjective, said John Anglim, who doubles as a musician in the band Flat Top Reed and an artist who shows his work at The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade.

He listens to “all music,” so maybe that means he has no taste, Anglim joked.

If Anglim and other local entertainment professionals such as The Art Center’s curator Camille Silverman and Avalon Theatre projectionist Bryan Wade don’t question other people’s taste in art or movies, maybe others shouldn’t either.

But when people profess devotion to independent rock or Colin Firth movies and judge everything else as garbage, they have fooled themselves into thinking that they have more refined, sophisticated tastes.

Are you one of those people? Take our quiz to find out.

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Pick the answer — A, B, or C — that best describes your art and entertainment taste. Keep track of your answers and evaluate yourself at the end of the quiz.

1. You have fooled yourself into thinking you are a “foodie” if ...

A. You can spell and pronounce quinoa.
B.  You own both volumes of Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”
C. Your wine is sitting in a cardboard box on the top of your microwave.

2. You have fooled yourself into thinking your artistic taste is one of a kind if ...

A. The art on your refrigerator is from your child or grandchild.
B. You hung Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” on your apartment wall between the ages of 20 and 25.
C. You purchased your art at Bed Bath & Beyond.

3. You have fooled yourself into thinking you have superior musical taste if ...

A. Your albums are all vinyl, and they are only by British bands.
B. You go to Country Jam USA for the music.
C. You memorized the moves from the Britney Spears music video “Oops…I Did It Again” and performed it at various wedding receptions.

4. You have fooled yourself into thinking you are not addicted to Facebook if ...

A. You only check your account once a day.
B. You “liked” a post by someone who updated his or her status about the great sandwich they had for lunch.
C. You “friended” someone who kind of looks like someone you might have known in high school.

5. You have fooled yourself into thinking you are a connoisseur of great literature if ...

A. You own numerous William Faulkner, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway novels.
B. The only books you have ever read were recommended by Oprah.
C. You have a collection of The Economist and The New Yorker magazines fanned out on the coffee table, but your copies of US Weekly are collecting water stains in the bathroom.

6. You have fooled yourself into thinking you don’t like, or really watch, reality TV programming if ...

A. You have no idea who Snooki (below) is.
B. You bought a tabloid because “The Bachelor” couple was on the cover, and you just wanted to read that article.
C. You auditioned to be on “Survivor.”

7. You have fooled yourself into thinking skinny jeans are appropriate for everyone if ...

A. You are, actually, skinny.
B. YouTube guides all your fashion choices.
C. You are Kate Moss.

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You have sophisticated taste in art and entertainment. But you also might be a little VonSnobby.

As famed author Ludwig Bemelmans said, “The true gourmet, like the true artist, is one of the unhappiest creatures existent. His trouble comes from so seldom finding what he constantly seeks: perfection.”

Bemelmans was most famous for writing children’s books, but he also was a restaurateur and artist.

So, if you are always listening, watching or eating what you perceive to be the most sophisticated option — and judging by your answers, you are — you might want to relax, listen to a little Katy Perry and go through a Taco Bell drive-thru.


You are balanced. You can enjoy the finer things in life such as aged cheese, but you also have no problem eating Velveeta.

As The Art Center’s curator Camille Silverman noted, when she is selecting the art to exhibit at center she tries to display similar balance by using “the tasteful to engage my audience. When I build exhibits, I will put in work that I know my community loves and values to get them in the room, and then I pop in work that I know might challenge their ‘aesthetic sensibilities’ because challenging your community and discussing what is art and what it can look like is what an Art Center curator should be doing.”

Um, well, you are probably super fun to be around, but you might not be the most sophisticated person ever. And that’s OK.

You don’t have time for duck confit because your Facebook status needs to be updated.

And seriously, life is too short to worry about what others think about your taste in art and entertainment.


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