The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

March 2006

the fifth

5 March 2006, around 3.01.

Unnamed woman, 1886

5. Unnamed woman, 1886.

A view (17)

10 March 2006, around 21.05.

Treacherous and poisonous, the plague of dusk spread, passed from one object to another, and everything it touched became black and rotten and scattered into dust.

—Bruno Schulz, ‘The Night of the Great Season’
from Cinnamon Shops (p.129).

the sixth

12 March 2006, around 3.01.

Unnamed man, ca. 1885

6. Unnamed man, ca. 1885.

the way to wealth

15 March 2006, around 13.41.

For the aesthetic purpose the lawn is a cow pasture; and in some cases to-day – where the expensiveness of the attendant circumstances bars out any imputation of thrift – the idyll of the dolicho-blond1 is rehabilitated in the introduction of the cow into a lawn or private ground. In such cases the cow made use of is commonly of an expensive breed. The vulgar suggestion of thrift, which is nearly inseparable from the cow, is a standing objection to the decorative use of this animal. So in all cases, except where luxurious surroundings negative this suggestion, the use of the cow as an object of taste must be avoided.

– Thorstein Veblen
The Theory of the Leisure Class
(p. 134)

  1. A more subtle thinker or more careful writer could make something of this, but I’d rather not; extensive apologetics for racist nastiness is left to the reader’s imagination. []

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