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Joyce Carol Oates on Consciousness, Wonder, and the Art of Beholding Beauty
Joyce Carol Oates on Consciousness, Wonder, and the Art of Beholding Beauty

“How lovely this world is, really: one simply has to look.”

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Wondrous Beauty: How Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Pioneered the Ideal of the Independent Woman
Wondrous Beauty: How Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Pioneered the Ideal of the Independent Woman

How an American who married into the most powerful family in Europe became a model of empowered womanhood in the nineteenth century.

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The Poetic Principle: Poe on Truth, Love, Reason, and the Human Impulse for Beauty
The Poetic Principle: Poe on Truth, Love, Reason, and the Human Impulse for Beauty

“A poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement.”

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Beware of Beauty Overload: The Adaptive Eye of the Beholder
Beware of Beauty Overload: The Adaptive Eye of the Beholder

How sensory adaptation is compromising our experience of love.

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Iconic Designer Henry Dreyfuss on Beauty, Serenity, and Shaping Public Taste
Iconic Designer Henry Dreyfuss on Beauty, Serenity, and Shaping Public Taste

“Man achieves his tallest measure of serenity when surrounded by beauty.”

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Susan Sontag on Beauty vs. Interestingness
Susan Sontag on Beauty vs. Interestingness

Defying consumerism and the banality of the beautiful, or why our capacity for astonishment endures.

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Beauty, Aging, and the Expansion of Our Sympathies: What George Eliot Teaches Us About the Rewards of Middle Age
Beauty, Aging, and the Expansion of Our Sympathies: What George Eliot Teaches Us About the Rewards of Middle Age

“The greatest benefit we owe the artist, whether painter, poet, or novelist, is the extension of our sympathies.”

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BBC’s The Beauty of Books: Penguin, Orwell, and the Paperback Cover Design Revolution
BBC’s The Beauty of Books: Penguin, Orwell, and the Paperback Cover Design Revolution

“The book is still the most intelligent and interactive data retrieval system which has been devised.”

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Survival of the Prettiest: Harvard Cognitive Scientist Nancy Etcoff on the Science of Beauty
Survival of the Prettiest: Harvard Cognitive Scientist Nancy Etcoff on the Science of Beauty

“Attitudes toward beauty are entwined with our deepest conflicts surrounding flesh and spirit.”

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Francis Bacon on Beauty
Francis Bacon on Beauty

“That is the best part of beauty, which a picture cannot express.”

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