Beauty and beasts

August 31, 2009

There is a delightful short essay at First Things today by David Bentley Hart.  It moves from lepidopterogamy to Nabokov’s Pale Fire (one of my favourite books) to reflections on the philosophical significance of beauty.  It is a nice example of Hart’s art: matters of real substance set forth in playful and acrobatic prose.  Recommended.

2 Responses to “Beauty and beasts”

  1. Tracy S. Altman Says:

    I read Hart’s piece earlier today, and loved it. –You might also check out this shorter piece by Nathan Wilson, which also involves a weird incident with a butterfly, and covers a bit of the same terrain as Hart’s essay:

  2. cburrell Says:

    Thanks very much, Tracy. What a wonderful story. It certainly makes me look forward to when my daughter is a little older. Maybe I too will be checking for goldfish under the couch.

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