07/29/2013 11:45 am ET

What Should Detroit Do With Its Art?: The Sequel : The New Yorker

I take back my endorsement, in an earlier post, of the idea that the city of Detroit should ease its financial crisis by selling art works from the collection of the Detroit Institute of the Arts. I also apologize to the many whom my words pained.

I wrote in reaction to this quote in the Times, from a spokesman for the state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn D. Orr: “It’s hard to go to a pensioner on a fixed income and say, ‘We’re going to cut 20 percent of your income or 30 percent or whatever the number is, but art is eternal.’ ”