Finding Beauty in Dark Times

Beauty is but a flower / Which wrinkles will devour; Brightness falls from the air; / Queens have died young and fair; Dust hath closed Helen’s eye. / I am sick, I must die. Lord, have mercy on us!  —Thomas Nashe, “In Time of Plague” (ca. 1567-1601) Blackened Beauty If, as Plato and Aristotle both […]