Favorite Books of 2019, Looking Forward to 2020

Ah, the season of retrospectives! Be honest with me, can you resist them? I tell you, I get some of my best reading done during December and January. The best book recommendation lists, the best articles of the year (I can’t wait for the annual Sidney Awards from David Brooks), the best this, the best that… For me, ’tis usually the season of realizing just how exhausted I am, just in time…

How to Achieve Artistic Perfection

People are drawn to beauty. There’s no denying it. The Greeks believed in perfection of form, a kind of harmony that had the power to objectively draw the eye and inspire people toward virtue. And yet… Have you noticed that what attracts you to your significant other is often some kind of unique imperfection? Do you love your favorite book because it is ideally structured, with perfect characters, and impeccable style? Maybe.…