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Season 2007 Episode 0531

J. Ruth Gendler: Notes On The Need For Beauty

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J. Ruth Gendler: Notes On The Need For Beauty
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J. Ruth Gendler discusses Notes On The Need For Beauty: An Intimate Look at an Essential Quality.Gendler's first book in over ten years, "Notes" is a new vision of a well-traveled theme. Part psychology, part cultural comment, part philosophy, it challenges us to reconsider beauty, to refocus us on what really counts when we talk about and pursue beauty."Notes" is an artist's reflection on the complex nature of beauty and our unique relationship to it. In this lyrical and lively exploration of the soulful aspects of beauty, Gendler describes how beauty gives meaning and purpose to our lives. She makes a plea for our fast-paced, progress-driven society to slow down, to reflect and to engage the senses, so that we can begin to cultivate and nurture beauty around us. In so doing, she does for beauty what Richard Feynman did for physics - makes it meaningful, accessible, and elegant - Cody's Booksmoreless
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