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I've been looking at real estate... because we might move somewhere (where??)...

... but I'm dismayed by how bad the architecture is. Zillow and Trulia send me things from a particular city I've shown interest in, but every single thing is badly designed and much of it is atrocious. Even if I found one house that suited my taste — and all I want is something clean and simple — I'm afraid I'd have to look out on ugliness. It's really discouraging! Why haven't people figured out how to design a house? I know, what I'm seeing is what people have figured out. So then, my problem...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, Furniture, Architecture, Zillow, Trulia, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration, emotional Althouse, Ugliness

"I have so many more part-related questions, but I’ll limit it to just a few for the sake of my word count (and your time)..."

"Do you think about where you part your hair, or do you just allow your hair to fall where it may, willy nilly? Do you agree with my mom that middle parts are 'less flattering'?..."From "How, When and Why Did Middle Parts Become Cool?" by Harling Ross (at Man Repeller).For the record, her mom's position was: "I’m just saying, I’ve always heard the philosophy that wearing your part in the middle emphasizes the asymmetries of your face, which is why side parts are more flattering. And I believe th...
Tags: Fashion, Instagram, Law, Shoes, Hairstyles, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Harling Ross, Menocore

"Now, nearly 150 years later, a new generation of biologists is reviving Darwin’s neglected brainchild."

"Beauty, they say, does not have to be a proxy for health or advantageous genes. Sometimes beauty is the glorious but meaningless flowering of arbitrary preference. Animals simply find certain features — a blush of red, a feathered flourish — to be appealing. And that innate sense of beauty itself can become an engine of evolution, pushing animals toward aesthetic extremes. In other cases, certain environmental or physiological constraints steer an animal toward an aesthetic preference that has ...
Tags: Law, Birds, Evolution, Darwin, Darwinism, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Masculine Beauty

Beto O'Rourke's anti-Wall ad reframes the question around upscale American interests.

It's not about the longings of poverty-stricken outsiders anymore. Look! — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 28, 2018 It's about the aesthetics of the environment, Big Bend National Park-type vistas of the Rio Grande, the seizing of property from Americans through eminent domain, the "exile" of American land on the Mexican side, and the sealing off of corridors used by animals.It's like that ad were made precisely for me. Here's what I blogged in February 2016:Wh...
Tags: Law, Mexico, Animals, Advertising, America, Arizona, Environmentalism, San Pedro, Trump, Newsweek, Rio Grande, John Henry, Big Bend National Park, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Javelina Pecari

Speaking of points...

A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018 There's your answer to ladders.Trump the Impaler?Is that "beautiful"?ADDED: When people get skewered will they just leave them up there as an example?AND: Protesters should catapult effigies up there and try to get them stuck. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Donald J Trump, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall

What is beauty? A new explainer video by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Why did early humans form their tools into teardrop shapes? Why do so many human-made things have proportions that match the Golden Ratio? Why is symmetry appealing? Why is human made abstract art preferred over procedurally generated art? This new video by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell explains that humans like the way certain things look because they are tied in some way to our survival. This explains why I like visiting r/cozyplaces.
Tags: Post, News, Kurzgesagt, Aesthetics

"[I]t can be hard to remember why ugliness matters because ugly paintings are now everywhere."

"Ugly paintings hang in every major museum, and ugly work has been accepted as part of the canon. But while ugly art crosses genres and time periods, it can still be useful to think of ugly art as falling into its own unified aesthetic category...  Ugliness is about discomfort. It makes us feel a little unsettled—not because we’re looking at a depiction of something unsettling, like a gory religious scene or a photograph of a war zone or a painting of a warted nose, but because we’re confronted ...
Tags: Art, Law, Love, Paris, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, Ugliness, Katy Kelleher

After (Post)colonial Tragedy – The Aesthetics of Eco-Planetary Futurity

Below is the abstract of a paper I will be giving at the ‘Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2018’ conference in Shanghai next week. I’ve been interested in ecological and environmental issues for a long time. In the 1980s I thought … Continue reading →
Tags: Religion, Uncategorized, Visual Arts, Capitalism, Shanghai, Ecology, Conference, Aesthetics, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial

How well do you know Merleau-Ponty? [quiz]

This July, the OUP Philosophy team honors Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-61) as their Philosopher of the Month. Merleau-Ponty was a leading French phenomenologist and together with Sartre founded the existential school of philosophy. He was best known for his major work, Phénoménologie de la Perception (1945, Phenomenology of Perception) which established that the body was the centre of perceptions and medium of consciousness. The philosopher also had a longstanding interest in aesthetics. His writ...
Tags: Art, Books, Featured, Philosophy, Perception, Potm, Sartre, Arts & Humanities, 20th Century, Aesthetics, Philosopher of the Month, OUP Philosophy, Mont Sainte Victoire, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Merleau-ponty, Medium Of Consciousness

Beholder Halfway #12 – Black Study Group: Notes on Music and Money

An ‘audio essay’ that I was involved in producing as part of the Black Study Group (London). It was originally made for Paul Rekret –  Beholder Halfway series for Resonance Extra FM. Paul Rekret investigates the intersections of politics and … Continue reading →
Tags: Music, London, Audio, Religion, Race, Capitalism, Aesthetics, Black Art, Paul Rekret, Black Study Group

Scraping the bottom of the outrage barrel.

"Under President Trump, once stately medallions have gotten glitzier, and at least one featured a Trump property. Ethics watchdogs are worried," the NYT wants us to know.Since Bill Clinton occupied the White House, the commemorative medallions known as challenge coins have been stately symbols of the presidency coveted by the military, law enforcement personnel and a small circle of collectors.Then came Donald J. Trump.His presidency has yielded more — and more elaborate — coins that are shinier...
Tags: Law, Obama, White House, Bill Clinton, Clinton, Trump, Donald J Trump, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, John Wertman, Wertman

Attempting to Understand the Chinese Luxury Aesthetic

Thanks to an interested and better-financed populace, luxury purchases have been on the rise in China for the past decade. Chinese consumers currently drop around $7.6 billion per year on premium goods, accounting for almost a third of the global luxury market. This has resulted in a massive influx of high-end items and brands that want […] The post Attempting to Understand the Chinese Luxury Aesthetic appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Style, China, Luxury, Autos, Mercedes-benz, Daimler, Interior Design, Maybach, News Blog, Automotive Design, Aesthetics

In China, the questionable aesthetics of "refining" cities and getting rid of whatever is zangluancha.

By Zhou Wang (assistant professor at Nankai University’s Zhou Enlai School of Government) in Sixth Tone:First, municipal officials have embraced the need to “refine” the country’s cities. From vast metropolises like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to thousands of smaller Chinese cities, the same government-sponsored buzzwords appear: “high-end,” “aesthetically pleasing,” “cosmopolitan.” Chinese urban planners strive to realize socially positive notions of “modern” and “green” cities, and the mo...
Tags: Cleaning, Japan, Law, China, Architecture, Manhattan, Urban Planning, Environmentalism, Buddhism, Toilet, Zaha Hadid, Sichuan, Buddhist, Guangzhou, BEIJING SHANGHAI, Nankai University

"Sprinkle the fairy dust of high-sounding words over the ungainly contours of something quite ordinary, and you may be able to transform it into something special..."

"... in the way that a gentle snowfall can turn an ugly tool shed into a dreamy cottage, inhabited by elves. Even if you are running a thrift shop—and yes, it is not hard to find proprietors of thrift shops who identify themselves as 'curators' of their establishments—you too can boast that your shop’s contents are 'thoughtfully curated.' That sounds a whole lot better than saying 'We don’t take used underwear or stuff that has holes in it.' But there is a lot to be said for respecting and lovin...
Tags: Law, Language, Propaganda, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Wilfred M McClay

Photographs I can't understand.

I'm trying to read — well, scan — "25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going" in the NYT Magazine.This is one of these tarted-up pages at the NYT website that made me blog (on March 9th): "I'd like a browser that can be set so nothing moves on my screen unless I click something to make it play/Can I get that anywhere? I loathe movement near something I'm trying to read...." If you want to see what I'm saying I loathe, you'll see it if you click through. The moving image behind the words at the ...
Tags: Law, Feminism, Nyt, Times, The Web, Trump, Cardi, Chappaqua, White House Clinton, Jamie Lauren Keiles, Feminine Beauty, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Keiles

The weight of love: ‘love locks’ as emotional objects

On the night of 8 June 2014, a section of the metal barrier on the Pont des Arts in Paris collapsed under the weight of thousands of padlocks which had been attached to it. Since the first decade of the twenty-first century, it has become increasingly common for famous (and sometimes less famous) bridges, and, increasingly, other monuments, to become encrusted with small padlocks in celebration of romantic love. The genesis of the practice is obscure, with a number of bridges claimed as the orig...
Tags: Books, Featured, Love, History, Valentine's Day, Sociology, Paris, Philosophy, Emotions, Melbourne, Iron Age, Southbank, Pont des Arts, Arts & Humanities, Love Locks, Aesthetics

Whatever happened to blogging?

Yes, I'm still here, and — importantly — you're still here. But generally, I'm told, what was once blogging has migrated to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The mommy bloggers, specifically, moved on to Instagram, so it says here in "How the Mom Internet became a spotless, sponsored void/Gritty blogs have given way to staged Instagram photos" (WaPo).If you read that, you'll see that mommy blogging had already gotten screwed up by the effort to monetize. There are various ways to monetize your b...
Tags: Cleaning, Instagram, Writing, Law, Advertising, Barack Obama, Blogging, Instagram and Facebook, Instagram Twitter and Facebook, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Burns Strider

I'm trying to read "How the Mom Internet became a spotless, sponsored void/Gritty blogs have given way to staged Instagram photos."

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey (at WaPo), which says some things I'm going to talk about in the next post but also has this:[T]he biggest stars of the mommy Internet now are no longer confessional bloggers. They’re curators of life.... And with all the photos of minimalist kitchens... we’ve lost... a place to share vulnerability.... Instagram is built for beauty (its filters make your life look better), not for rawness.... The shift to shorter posts and an emphasis on likes and hearts has changed the t...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Twitter, Law, Suicide, Blogging, WaPo, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse

Producerism —and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

I love this word – PRODUCERISM! “Producerism,” we can call this, by analogy with consumerism. What we’re now persuaded to consume, most conspicuously, are the means to create. And the democratization of taste ensures that no one has the right (or inclination) to tell us when our work is bad. A universal grade inflation now […]
Tags: Design, Aesthetics, Design School, Design PhD, Design Studies

"The fly agaric is the quintessential mushroom of fairy tales."

"Its big, bright fruiting bodies scatter in great numbers across mossy forests of North America and Europe. They emerge from the soil first like white eggs, abandoned by some mysterious creature of the woods. They can grow up to a foot tall, as warts appear on the cap. The mushroom often blushes red in the process. Finally, they crack open and flatten into a polka-dot disc that would make a gnome’s perfect dinner plate...."Writes Joanna Klein in the NYT.The photos of the mushrooms are very cool,...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Law, Drugs, Blogging, Christianity, Jesus, North America, Mushrooms, Klein, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Lightweight Religion, Joanna Klein

"[T]his is a real horse and it has been bred to meet the demands of a particular market that likes a particular appearance."

“Where will it end? Is it really so bad for a horse to look like a horse and not a cartoon character?" (UK Telegraph).The farm described the horse as a step towards ‘perfection’, but equine experts warned the animal may find it difficult to breathe and exercise with such a flattened nose.UK equine expert Tim Greet of Rossdales Veterinary Service, in Newmarket, said although Arabians were known for their ‘dished’ features, the new colt ‘takes things to a ridiculous level,’ and said the deformity...
Tags: UK, Law, Dogs, Horses, Newmarket, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Tim Greet, Rossdales Veterinary Service

Rachel Maddow describes how she puts her show together as "a bad process."

"It’s impressive in one way," she says (to The New Yorker's Janet Malcolm), about starting the workday "at around 12:30 p.m., when she acquaints herself with the day’s news," meeting with the staff at 2:00, reading until about 6:30, and only then writing the monologue.It's "reckless," she says."It kills my poor staff. They’re so supportive and constructive. But it’s too much to ask. They need to put in all the visual elements and do the fact-checking and get it into the teleprompter. It’s a prod...
Tags: Rachel Maddow, Law, Mushrooms, Apologies, Maddow, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration, Janet Malcolm

Aesthetics and politics: Donald Trump’s idea of art and beauty

President Donald Trump’s description of Confederate statues as “beautiful” merely mirrors his previously-mentioned objects of aesthetic preference. Before the statues, there was the “beautiful wall,” an oddly-conceived barrier prospectively bedecked with a “beautiful door.” Still earlier, in a more expressly deconstructive vein, and when the erection of Trump Tower had required prior demolition of the Bonwit Teller building in Manhattan in 1980, Mr. Trump’s artful response was to jackhammer its ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Beauty, Manhattan, Philosophy, Truth, Nuremberg, Donald Trump, Charlie Chaplin, Carly Fiorina, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Trump Tower, Donald J Trump

Design Within Reach has lost its anal-retentive mind.

I love Design Within Reach. It simplifies everything. There is no clutter in the design or in the process of shopping for good design, and I aspire to the clutter-free, utterly simple beauty that has been its concept all these years.But then, suddenly, I get the new catalogue, and it's all changed! Somebody must have decided that the simplicity was off-putting, sterile, too challenging, or — what? — insufficiently hygge.Here's the main photo on the front page right now:What's all that crap on th...
Tags: Iphone, Cleaning, Law, Better Homes and Gardens, DWR, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Young Althouse, Interior Decoration, House Garden, Order And Chaos, Women's Magazines, Design Within Reach

At the Prairie Café...

... stretch out into some late-summer conversation.And consider doing your shopping through The Althouse Amazon Portal. Things I'd buy right now if I didn't already have them right here on my desk: Tazo Refresh Mint tea and a Teema mug. (Meade and I had a long discussion about the design of that mug!) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Flowers, Meade, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Prairie, Althouse Amazon Portal Things

What sorts of things are the things we believe, hope, or predict?

It is part of our everyday life that we ascribe beliefs, desires, hopes, claims, predictions and so on to other people and ourselves, and the ascription of such propositional attitudes, as they are called, generally takes a canonical form, of the sort John believes that Macron is president of France, Mary hopes that Macron is president of France, and Joe predicted that Macron would become president of France. Painting by Ganna Kryvolap. Propositional attitudes appear to involve objects. They...
Tags: Art, Books, New York, Featured, France, Language, Linguistics, Philosophy, John, Joe, Eastern Europe, Abstract, Mary, Macron, Semantics, Gottlob Frege

"I heard everybody saying it needs to be cut, it needs to be cut. Why doesn't someone get a mower and cut it?"

Said 64-year-old Jordan Wenzel Sr., who has been fined $500 for mowing the lawn in Luther Parker Cemetery in Muskego, Wisconsin. A sign outside the cemetery asks people not to mow. City officials want to keep the native wildflowers and prairie grasses on the graves like they would have been during the Civil War. The area is an official designated natural area and the municipality wants to keep it that way. But a Veterans group thinks the vegetation shows neglect. In April WISN 12 News reported o...
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Civil War, Cemetery, Grass, Civil Disobedience, Don, Clark, Said, Wenzel, Sons of Union Veterans, Muskego, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Veterans Group, Muskego Wisconsin

Unity without objecthood, in art and in natural language

What makes something we see or something we talk about a single thing, or simply a unit that we can identify and that we can distinguish from others and compare to them? For ordinary objects like trees, chairs, mountains, and lakes, the answer seems obvious. We regard something as an object if it has a form, that is, a shape, a structure, or at least boundaries, and it endures through time maintaining that form (more or less). An apple is what it is as long as maintains its form. Once it is cut ...
Tags: Art, Books, Featured, Language, Linguistics, Philosophy, John, Julio Le Parc, Abstract, Abstract Art, Semantics, Arts & Humanities, Aesthetics, Art & Architecture, Objects, Le Parc

Unity without objecthood, in art and in natural language

What makes something we see or something we talk about a single thing, or simply a unit that we can identify and that we can distinguish from others and compare to them? For ordinary objects like trees, chairs, mountains, and lakes, the answer seems obvious. We regard something as an object if it has a form, that is, a shape, a structure, or at least boundaries, and it endures through time maintaining that form (more or less). An apple is what it is as long as maintains its form. Once it is cut ...
Tags: Art, Books, Featured, Language, Linguistics, Philosophy, John, Julio Le Parc, Abstract, Abstract Art, Semantics, Arts & Humanities, Aesthetics, Art & Architecture, Objects, Le Parc

"One in three breast cancer patients under 45 removed the healthy breast along with the breast affected by cancer in 2012..."

"... a sharp increase from the one in 10 younger women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies eight years earlier, a new study reports."The NYT reports in an article that attributes the decision to irrational fear.But there's a link in the sidebar, under "related coverage," to a piece from last October, by the same reporter, Roni Carin Rabin, titled "‘Going Flat’ After Breast Cancer," about women choosing not to go through breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. This article — with man...
Tags: Law, Cancer, Breasts, Rabin, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Roni Carin Rabin