In the old game show Name That Tune, contestants bid on their ability to name a song in as few notes as possible. “I can name that tune in three notes,” one contestant would say. And the other would counter, “I can name that tune in two notes.” Occasionally a contestant would be brave enough to take on the daunting challenge of naming a song with one note. I think about this when I consider other forms of artistic communication. Could you name a poem with one word? Could you name a painting with one color? …

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