What is beauty, and why does it captivate us? What does our susceptibility to its charm tell us about ourselves and the world we inhabit?
As I enter middle age, this question recurs more insistently than ever: what is worth doing? How ought I invest my time, precious as it is? What achievements, pursuits and aims are deserving of my ambition? The last twenty years have passed with breathtaking swiftness, and it’s natural to begin assessing one’s legacy – not … Continue reading What is worth doing?
“Homelessness is coming to be the destiny of the world.” – Letter on Humanism What remnant of the sacred – a once dominant theme in Western civilization – remains open to us in the twenty-first century? Has our increasingly secular age relegated the sacred to obscurity and irrelevance, or does it still … Continue reading Recovering the Sacred: Heidegger, The Thing and the Work of Art
Of all my boyhood memories, one particular kind of youthful sensation remains especially vivid in my mind. As a child I frequently experienced moments of intense longing that I can best describe as artistic desire. I would respond to this nebulous urgency by gathering together an assortment of art supplies – crayons, colored pencils, pastels, … Continue reading Surprised by Failure: C.S. Lewis on Art and Desire
What is at stake in our relation to the aesthetic? Probably very little, we'd say. Art, once a very serious matter, has lately become trivial, and it's hard for us today to think that anything great lies at the heart of it. Beauty is, we are told, in the eye of the beholder, so any … Continue reading Art and the Artist