Sensitive souls have always perceived a whiff of diabolism around music and the fine arts. Gregorian chant was, for a time, actually banned by Pope Gregory on account of its devilish beauty; Paganini and Robert Johnson are rumored to have traded their souls for virtuosity. Among many animists and their desert-dwelling descendents, portraiture is likened to witchcraft and heresy. And so there is something historically consonant about... More >>>