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March 5, 2012

 SOME TIME AGO I WAS AT A PARTY HAVING ONE OF THOSE PSEUDO-INTELLECTUAL DISCUSSIONS THAT PEOPLE OF AN UNDERGRADUATE AGE ARE APT TO DO; PERHAPS IN ORDER TO JUSTIFY THEIR DEGREES IN CRITICAL THINKING.  The topic, vaguely, was something to do with the way depictions of feminine beauty are controlled and manipulated by the mass […]

March 4, 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier had his muse close his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 show. Amidst an opera singer’s undulating voice and a backdrop of soft lavender light, a bride appeared. Dressed in skin-tight ruffled tulle with a feather headdress, she briefly paused before sauntering down the catwalk. The audience immediately applauded. Hourglass in figure, poised in […]

March 4, 2012

Do you think Maths is Sexy? What if I said a+b is to a, as a is to b? That float your boat? No? Perhaps you should read on. In our relentless search for ways of measuring things throughout history, its no wonder many smart people have tried to measure beauty. Beauty is in the […]

March 4, 2012

I was wandering around Wellington on a drizzly night last October. I walked to the waterfront where the Occupy protesters had started camping that day. There, a man had two poles joined by a piece of string. He dipped the string into a bucket of detergent and proceeded to make the largest yet least round […]

March 4, 2012

Next time you pop into a store in Wellington, whilst perusing the clothes, stop and consider the people serving you. They probably weren’t hired because of the colour of their skin; they may have been hired because of their gender; but more often than not, the great sales staff selling you clothes and wearing the […]

March 4, 2012

Keeping Wellington beautiful in spite of bad public art At the entrance to the Denver International Airport stands a blue monstrosity. Eyes glowing red and rearing in wild anger, the famous (and publically funded) blue mustang sculpture stands at 32 feet tall, perplexing flight passengers as their last reminder of the city’s artistic prowess—or lack […]

March 4, 2012

WHAT IS BEAUTY? I THINK IT IS BETTER TO DEFINE BEAUTY WITH A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE; A SPECIMEN OF PERFECT BEAUTY IN THE REAL, HUMAN WORLD. THIS IS A KIND OF PROVABLE DISCUSSION THAT HAS MORE COMMON GROUND FOR US, AS OPPOSED TO SHOWY, AIRY INTELLECTUALISM. IN OTHER WORDS, I’M GOING TO PAINT A PICTURE OF […]

March 4, 2012

Yes, that’s a reference to a Kanye West lyric from 2010. In case you needed more proof that we’re regressing. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but also—as the pillbox hats of the 1960s, platform shoes of the 1970s and perms of the 1980s go to show—as dependent on the decade. But what’s […]

February 27, 2012

Oh, what’s that? You need to study down at Pipitea? Don’t worry it’s better down here, you’ll like it. Besides the obvious advantages of fewer hipsters, and not being located at the top of a hill, the Pipitea campus has a lot on offer. Well-kept grass perfect for summer loungin’ abounds (beware: there are wasps) and Illot […]