Excerpt from Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, by Roger Scruton

Suppose you ask me what is the content of Van Gogh’s famous painting of the yellow chair. What exactly does it mean? you ask: what am I supposed to understand, about this chair, or about the world, from looking at this picture? I might reply: it’s a chair, that’s all. But in that case, what’s… Continue reading Excerpt from Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, by Roger Scruton

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

"A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken… Continue reading Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard

"Today I watched and heard a wren, a sparrow and the mockingbird singing. My brain started to trill why why why, what is the meaning meaning meaning?"   Annie Dillard described this as a "meteorological journal of the mind." Her personal narrative of life in Tinker Creek, Virginia vacillates between deep, frenzied, spiritual insights and… Continue reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard