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Lincoln Center barricade, photo via Hyperallergic

The arts in the United States are theoretically accessible to all, but because there is so little government money available to support cultural institutions, ticket prices are significantly higher here than in most other wealthy countries. A group of Occupy protesters including composer Philip Glass and musicians Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed assembled at Lincoln Center in New York to protest this circumstance on Thursday night, and found themselves confronted with a public space turned into a quasi-militarized zone: Lincoln Center had been completely ringed with metal barricades and police stationed behind these barricades made sure that none of the protesters set foot on Lincoln Center’s public plaza. Click here to read the report on the event I wrote for the website of the PEN American Center.

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