Agreeable eye.

an eudæmonistarchives

More specifically concerning: beauty

06.03.02 – Wednesday

The professor wept today in Latin class; over the death of Priam. I must admit, for once it is poetry. Here. Priam has just lobbed a spear at Pyrrhus, but it caught on the boss of the shield and dangles there, useless: Cui Pyrrhus: ‘Referes ergo haec et nuntius ibis Pelidae genitori; illi mea tristia […]

Byzantine Biographers

Reading the Alexiad (or life of the Byzantine emperor, Alexius Comnenus), which was written by his daughter, Anna Comnena, when she was an old woman. She describes everything homerically, from the Odysseus-like Alexius, to his Nausicaa-bride, Irene; and Robert of Lombardy, his foe during the first few books, is obviously nothing more (or less) than […]

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Olympia.

greene dreams

I was working one day for a poetry competition and had written one line – ‘Beauty makes crime noble’ – when I was interrupted by a criticism flung at me from behind by T.S. Eliot. ‘What does that mean? How can crime be noble?’ He had, I noticed, grown a mustache. – Graham Greene A […]

Crambe repetita (35)

Virginia Woolf, ‘Four Figures: Beau Brummell’ from The Second Common Reader.

self-as-character

Thomas Patch, self portrait (late 1760s) A very beautiful woman who looks at her reflection in the mirror can very well believe that she is that. An ugly woman knows that she is not that. –Simone Weil (Gravity and Grace, p. 33) In our society the character one performs and one’s self are somewhat equated, […]

Crambe repetita (48)

Shen Fu, Six Records of a Floating Life

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