A (Changing) Eye for Beauty

IF BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (and there are some seven billion pairs of eyes out there, all of them seeing with varying levels of clarity), then what we’re really talking about is not beauty in any objective sense. We’re talking about taste. Everyone has it. The taste of some is very developed in one direction or another, the taste of others less so.

When I was a kid, I hated Brussels sprouts. My mother told me they were an acquired taste, a concept that sat poorly in my young mind. I hated sprouts, and I was glad I didn’t like them because if I did, I’d have to eat them and, well, I hated sprouts. (My mind is an exhausting place.) As an adult, however, I choose restaurants entirely on criteria such as how ...

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