Category: Beauty/Aesthetics

Italian Sonnet

I AM, the holy smoking fire, Burns bright on Sinai’s awful height; And tremors from His words of might Split wide the earth and shake the pyre Where goat and bull and Self perspire: Vain off’rings for the King of...

/ April 28, 2010

Live Music (Reprise)

Last week I rhapsodized (a bit) on the irreplaceable value of live music as the means by which we experience the personality of the performers.  In a good performance a bond is created between listener and performer, binding them together...

/ April 1, 2010

Live Music

I’m not the first person to suggest that there is something inherently better about live musical performances, and even though we are rapidly sinking into an atomized digital age, I don’t think I’ll be the last: there is enough of...

/ March 24, 2010

Socrates, Remy, and the Solitary Contemplation of Beauty

In Plato’s Symposium, Socrates is shown to be very strange. In an episode related by Alcibiades, Socrates is said to have stood all day and night in an army camp—with the other soldiers lying down watching him—considering something. (Near the...

/ March 9, 2010

Brief Reflections on Composition after a Lecture

There are, of course, two relevant considerations in giving a lecture:  the ideas and the form.  Each has its own difficulties, and while they are inextricably linked, the form seems to pose the greatest challenge to me.  I may be...

/ February 19, 2010

Susan Sontag on Beauty and Gender

Today as I set-up shop in a line at the Los Angeles DMV I happened to read an incisive essay published in Vogue forty years ago. The article was written by Susan Sontag, and my profit from it proves that...

/ January 7, 2010

A Midsummer Night’s Dance: Love’s Beauty and Roles

The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream lifted a corner of the veil between plodding human beings and the world of fairies. The stage was set with magnificent roses and deliciously mysterious lights even before the...

/ April 10, 2008

The Sword and the Shaving Brush – an Overview

I. The Sword and the Shaving Brush II. A Brief History of Clothing III. The Three Aesthetic Problems IV. Relativism, Immodesty, Evanglism V. Solving the Three Aesthetic Problems VI. Towards an Incarnational Aesthetic VII. Nature and the Aim of Fiction...

/ March 29, 2008

Fasting for Strength

“Don’t give into some illusion and lose your power, but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control, they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing out of the ground, pennants flying above them.” -Rumi We...

/ March 18, 2008

Conclusion: Personhood, Not Propoganda

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical understanding of fashion by Timothy Bartel Part X Conclusion: Personhood, Not Propoganda Having reinterpreted fashion as an incarnational art form and modesty as a sort of aesthetic and moral check on that...

/ March 13, 2008