The visual web is full of amazing and beautiful things. So why did a picture of my breakfast I posted this morning get 37 “likes”?
Marcel Proust knew. The great French novelist once wrote that the “voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” In other words, humans aren’t necessarily attracted to the allure of the new, as much as we like to see things we’re already familiar with in a new way.
Beauty—old beauty, permanent beauty—has become an emotional necessity in Allen’s work. In a dangerous and incomprehensible world, elegance and luxury are a stable value for him, and, perhaps, a refuge.
The abortion issue has been on everyone’s mind lately. On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous finding that the 35-foot buffer zones around Massachusetts abortion clinics violated protesters’ freedom of speech. We do not have time to discuss this in detail, except to point out that this decision came from people who work in a building where the protesters aren’t allowed within 250 feet of the front door.