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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]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


"If, in a spirit of free intellectual and imaginative inquiry, you dared to suggest that a man who masturbated in front of a woman he barely knew without her consent..."

"... might have been acting out, in an attitude of aggressive contempt, his own shame and emasculation — if you tried to understand his actions, without justifying them — you would be shouted down and vilified. Imagine the outcry if you went further and speculated about why Harvey Weinstein allegedly manipulated some actresses dependent on his power into watching him while he was naked. Could it be that Mr. Weinstein, who reportedly had often been mocked for his appearance, wanted to dehumanize ...
Tags: Murder, Law, Rape, Harvey Weinstein, Morality, Gore Vidal, Sexual Harassment, Truman Capote, David Mamet, Richard Wright, Thomas, James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Weinstein, SIEGEL, Lee Siegel


"You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome. I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere."

"You got lotsa girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman."Said Harvey Weinstein to Taki Theodoracopulos, quoted in "Harvey Weinstein: ‘I offered acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so does everyone – they still do’/The disgraced movie producer reached out to Taki with a ‘world exclusive’ about Rose McGowan and Asia Argento" (Spectator U...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Crime, Law, Relationships, Conversation, Language, Rape, Harvey Weinstein, Henry Cavill, Names, Harvey, Taki, Rose McGowan, Cavill, Ann Althouse


"I think that Twitter is a useful reporting tool sometimes, but an utterly toxic swamp that nonetheless I engage in more than I probably should."

"Look, it’s still a great way to promote stories. It’s also a great reporting tool in the sense that I’ll tweet a piece of information, and someone will contact me, and they’ll have more information. In that way, it’s great. But it’s just a time suck. Look, a lot of us need an editor, right? I need an editor. I don’t have an editor on Twitter. I have an editor in the paper, and so I tend to be less precise in 140 characters and sometimes I leave people confused as to my meaning. And then I make ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Law, Blogging, Atlantic, Nyt, Trump, Maggie Haberman, Andrew Sullivan, Ann Althouse, Ugliness, Sullivan Haberman


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


Meanwhile, Trump is moving in on the video game world.

I'm trying to read "Trump Draws ‘Lively’ Opinions on Video Game Violence but Shrouds His Own" (NYT). Shrouds his own what? Does he have a video game? I know he has a old time-y board game (because someone gave it to me, anonymously, back when I was blogging "The Apprentice").As with his thoughts on gun restrictions, it remains unclear exactly what Mr. Trump thinks can be done on this issue, or what he truly believes.... Oh, I get it. He's "shrouding" his own opinion. Shrouding. Good Lord. So mac...
Tags: Murder, Movies, Guns, Video Games, Law, White House, Censorship, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Trump, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine High School, Ann Althouse, Things That Won't Work, Trump and pop culture, Ugliness


"Spelacchio mirrors the decadence of the city.... Without meaning to, this poor tree has become a symbol of Rome today, it is paying the price of this decadent time."

"Spelacchio" means "mangy," and it's the name for the low-quality 72-foot-tall Christmas tree in the center of Rome, the NYT reports.I love the word — Spelacchio — and it's funny to personify and bully a tree. The tree has no feelings.  I mean... wait... if this were a Christmas story Spelacchio would have feelings. The mocking would hurt, and Spelacchio would find some way to express its sadness, its compassion for the poor and the sick. Spelacchio would find a way to express the true meaning o...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, Rome, Italy, Cartoons, Ann Althouse, Ugliness, Spelacchio


"Saturday Night Live" had a sketch designed to address the Harvey Weinstein story that was so obviously avoided the week before:

Here:That's Leslie Jones as Viola Davis, Cecily Strong as Marion Cotillard, and Kate McKinnon as the fictional character Debette Goldry.It's too late and I'd also say: too little.They lined up some chairs, plunked female cast members and had them say there's a lot of sexual harassment in Hollywood and Harvey Weinstein is ugly.Harvey Weinstein's ugliness was joked about in terms of how he looks, not what he has done and is accused of doing, which really is ugly. The cheap joke, which could be use...
Tags: Comedy, New York, Hollywood, Law, Looks, Rape, Harvey Weinstein, Sexual Harassment, Marion Cotillard, Ageism, Leslie Jones, Lorne Michaels, Lorne, Weinstein, Kate McKinnon, Che


If the "smartest move" — in making a serious TV drama about porn — is "exploiting the contradictions," then how can you say "'The Deuce' is certainly a feminist series"?

I don't watch this show, and there's no way I will, but I do read The New Yorker, and that means I'm often challenging myself to understand TV shows (and movies) that I do not and will not watch. I'm keeping an eye on the culture from the safe distance of reading. For example, I read this about the Emmys show, which I did not watch:“I haven’t had a TV since I moved out of my parents house at 18,” [Shailene Woodley] told E! News in the pre-show on the red carpet at the 2017 Emmy Awards Sunday, wh...
Tags: TV, Law, Reading, Feminism, Naked, Shailene Woodley, Pornography, Henry Miller, Henry, David Simon, Gyllenhaal, Darlene, Anais Nin, Teen Vogue, E News, Emily Nussbaum


"To the fashion world’s apparent dismay, there was no level of sheerness a publicity-hungry celeb-gal would turn down."

"We see the above ensemble as a throwing down of the gauntlet by the fashion world, as if to say, 'You want sheer dresses ad infinitum, ladies? Fine. We’re gonna start making HIDEOUSLY UGLY jockstrap inspired underwear for you to sport in public.'" [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Fashion, Law, Naked, Paris Jackson, Underpants, Tom and Lorenzo, Ann Althouse, Ugliness


"Be honest: the roses one encounters in daily life are, mostly, hideous."

"Think of the colors: syphilitically inflamed orange, or highlighter-pen salmon, or nylon pink, or overripe-banana yellow. How often have you bent to smell a neighbor’s rose, ready to snort up a lungful of Turkish-delight deliciousness, only to discover no scent at all?... What’s more, they are dangerous.... Haven’t you heard the stories of gardeners who, after a single rose-thorn puncture, lost an arm, or more? Would you keep a shark in your front yard?... Roses are not urban beasts. So, althou...
Tags: Law, Flowers, City Life, Ann Althouse, Ugliness, Charlotte Mendelson


"For the first time, Jamie’s getting irrational criticism from her fellow liberals, who think that if you represent anyone associated with the other side, you must be a Republican in hiding."

"Jamie is obviously a liberal Democrat, but this is not a betrayal. Jamie is being patriotic and heroic and consistent with the best traditions of the bar. We have to resist zealotry on both sides."Said Alan Dershowitz about Jamie Gorelick, quoted in "When a liberal power lawyer represents the Trump family, things can get ugly" in The Washington Post. Gorelick took on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as clients. How did "things... get ugly"? Well, obviously, it's people who are being ugly. Here ar...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, Metaphor, Hillary Clinton, Feminism, Perfume, Mitt Romney, Snl, Scarlett Johansson, Lawyers, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee, Alec Baldwin, Jared, Clinton


"These pants embody a masochist aesthetic. They are ostensibly 'chill' and yet they are not comfortable..."

"... high waist, no stretch, devious center seams. At their most extreme they have the potential to be punishing both physically (you don’t feel good) and visually (you don’t look so good, either), which seems like a remarkable achievement. We have arrived at wide-leg pants that are somehow more restrictive than the typical tight ones. These pants propose a pants-strategy that is the exact inverse of jeggings."From "Succumb to the Siren Song of Unflattering Pants."To augment your understanding: ...
Tags: Fashion, Law, Vogue, Ann Althouse, Mirabella, Ugliness, Women's Magazines, Jeesh Levi


"Biden’s biggest worry is that Trump, for all his bluster, could be a global bystander, unwilling to engage a messy world with anything more than chest-thumping."

"'The question I get everywhere is: ‘Is American leadership going to continue?'" he told me on Air Force Two. If Trump 'just stays behind the lines — hands off — it could be very ugly. Very, very ugly.'"Writes Jonathan Alter in "Joe Biden: 'I Wish to Hell I’d Just Kept Saying the Exact Same Thing' The vice president looks back — and forward" — a NYT article that sounds really dull but is worth clicking through for the excellent photograph.The photograph is by Erik Madigan Heck. You can see a lot...
Tags: Photography, Law, Joe Biden, Blogging, Biden, Trump, Madison Wisconsin, Jonathan Alter, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Althouse, Ugliness, Air Force Two If Trump, Erik Madigan


"Society is in a time of renewed ferment about gender. Culture wars rage..."

"... over bathrooms and even the very notion that men or women have to choose one fixed gender identity. President Donald J. Trump reportedly likes his female staff 'to dress like women'; just what this means isn’t entirely clear. The divide looms between those who welcome the new fluidity and those who yearn for clearly defined gender roles. So designers on the runway this week engaged in a continuing dialogue about how clothing defines masculinity and femininity — and how it scrambles these no...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Law, Transgender, Donald J Trump, Meade, Jeremy Scott, Ann Althouse, Tom Lorenzo, Gender Difference, Althouse + Meade, Susan Chira, Masculine Beauty, Hippies, Roger Sweeny, Trump and pop culture