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We had a story the other day about Amazon considering an entry into the event ticket selling business, which prompted MNB reader Daniel McQuade to write:

KC, think you might have missed a opportunity here with Amazon selling concert tickets...

The secondary ticket market is scalping and making millions that even the artist are now taking a stand against...the use of computerized software that are used by ticket brokers to snap up tickets is unfair and we end up paying up to 10 times the face value!

I would think that with Amazon being the channel we perhaps could have a level playing field in getting a ticket.

Yesterday we posted an email from an MNB reader who was responding to our coverage of the Oscars this week:

I’m proud to admit that I watched none of the movies, know none of the actors and could give a rats a** about Hollywood at all.

MNB reader Tony Moore had a response to that:

I have 3 words for the reader who expressed pride in being completely unengaged with the world of cinema- WHAT A BORE!

And from another reader:

It’s not often someone admits they are proud of their willing ignorance of popular culture.  At least I hope not. Living in a bubble that small would give me a severe case of claustrophobia.

I do want to be a little careful here. While I love the movies and pretty much always have - there was one year, in my mid-twenties, when I actually saw 150 movies, which was a record for me - I think it is possible to not be engaged with the movies and not be boring. There are lots of other ways to be engaged with life and not live a claustrophobic existence.

I grew up with parents who never went to the movies. They probably went years without ever entering a movie theatre, and I'm sure they have no idea where my passions came from.

That said ... I think that there are some wonderful movies out there that illuminate parts of the world with which I'm unfamiliar, and they've made me think about and feel for those people. Not every movie does that - some are just meant to be entertainments. (And there is, to be sure, a lot of crap out there.)

But if I had to point out two American movies in 2016 that were illuminating in this way, I'd point to Moonlight and Hell or High Water. Two very different movies about very different worlds ... I was moved by them, and came away with a greater knowledge of certain emotional truths about people in circumstances far from my own.

If people want to avoid the movie theater and not give a rat's a** about the movies, that's their privilege. But cinema is an art form, and in my view and heart, critical to living a life that is full and continually growing.

And to my reader who hates the movies, I'd gently suggest that sometimes it is worth getting outside one's comfort zone. I know nothing about music, and especially nothing about jazz and the blues, but I've lately been trying to educate myself a bit and listen to Art Pepper and Charles Mingus and Frank Morgan and Christian Scott and JJ Grey. And I find they touch my soul in ways I did not anticipate.

It's nice to know that even at my age, personal growth remains possible.
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