The Paris Review

WHEN DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE GOES WRONG

Science lifted us out of nature. It tamed the wilderness; it gave us tools to transcend our lousy, fallen bodies; and it shot us to the moon. Now it has produced a hamburger made entirely of vegetables that bleeds like real beef.
THE INTELLECTUAL DARK TREND

Like red wine rather than white, it can suggest sophistication, even opulence; like the darks of professional makeup — the art of smoky defining shadows and dark lipstick — it can obscure what we find less appealing and hint at mysterious qualities that a scrubbed-clean face couldn't hope to inspire.
HER FILMS WERE OFTEN MISCREDITED

Alice Guy-Blaché wrote, directed, and produced one of the first narrative films ever made, La Fée Aux Choux, or, The Cabbage Fairy, in 1896. For Alice, to become a filmmaker, "was my fate, if you will." And she was, at the time, well-known for it. Why, then, had I never heard of her?
MORE IS MORE IS MORE IS MORE

The popularity of Ugly Design indicates that we're on the cusp of a new aesthetic moment, one that breaks with the oppressively omnipresent Scandi-chic, Kondo-approved, gray-everything minimalism.
GRAY IS THE DEEPEST COLOR

According to Eva Heller, in her "Psychologie de la Couleur," only one percent of people surveyed named gray as their favorite color. I feel, therefore, unique in my perversity. As though I have befriended someone hard to like.
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