Category: Beauty/Aesthetics

An Hour Full of Awesome

Rumors that Jake Meador makes a guest appearance turn out to be false, but at least he sent it over to me. I suspect its things like this that really change the world. Enjoy.

/ September 22, 2010

The Dying Christian to His Soul

Vital spark of heav’nly flame! Quit, O quit this mortal frame: Trembling, hoping, ling’ring, flying, O the pain, the bliss of dying! Cease, fond Nature, cease thy strife, And let me languish into life. Hark! they whisper; angels say, Sister...

/ July 14, 2010

Nothing Behind the Curtain – Reflections on a Wedding

Cross-posted at Notes from a Small Place, where I’ve had several posts related to marriage lately, hence the disclaimer below. Disclaimer: I kinda-sorta want to apologize to people who find so many marriage posts annoying or are bothered by sentimentality....

/ July 6, 2010

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