Friday, January 15, 2016

When Beauty Strikes


David Brooks JAN. 15, 2016

Across the street from my apartment building in Washington there’s a gigantic supermarket and a CVS. Above the supermarket there had been a large empty space with floor-to-ceiling windows. The space was recently taken by a ballet school, so now when I step outside in the evenings I see dozens of dancers framed against the windows, doing their exercises — gracefully and often in unison.

It can be arrestingly beautiful. The unexpected beauty exposes the limitations of the normal, banal streetscape I take for granted every day. But it also reminds me of a worldview, which was more common in eras more romantic than our own.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/opinion/when-beauty-strikes.html?mwrsm=Facebook&_r=0

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