More than a Matter of Taste

Posted on June 2, 2021
Image: Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Henry James’s fiction shows how aesthetic misjudgments can be connected to moral vice.

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A Stacked Deck

Posted on June 17, 2021
Image: Via Wikimedia Commons

What makes someone a likely Substack star is an ability to cultivate one-way, parasocial relationships with readers.

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The Desk

Posted on June 24, 2021
Image: A poster from the 1950s science fiction adventure series Space Patrol.

These were places where I could imagine anything, be anybody. Space travel was new, fresh, a laboratory of possibility.

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