'France Gave Teenagers $350 for Culture. They’re Buying Comic Books.'

From the New York Times:

PARIS — When the French government launched a smartphone app that gives 300 euros to every 18-year-old in the country for cultural purchases like books and music, or exhibition and performance tickets, most young people’s impulse wasn’t to buy Proust’s greatest works or to line up and see Molière.

Instead, France’s teenagers flocked to manga.

I loved this story, especially the harrumphing and grumble-blathering of the Big C ‘culture’ types. Given how badly my homies in the local arts community have done it since Ms Rona turned up, we could do a lot worse here.

I’m not sure what our teenaged hoodlums would waste it on, though.

Had it been me at that age, probably AC/DC records and Sven Hassel books.