On Being: The Subversive Power of Beauty

I finally got around to reading this article sent to me by my dear friend Alayne Peterson. At first I wanted to apologize for not reading it right away, but as I dove into it, I became aware that it hit me harder at this moment than it would have earlier. The Timing of the Current works in Its own way and, in this instance at least, my tendency toward procrastination paid off.

"Aphrodite" - The Louvre (photo by Franky Vivid)

“Aphrodite” – The Louvre
(photo by Franky Vivid)

This article on The Subversive Power of Beauty is itself beautiful. I had wanted to pull a single quote to illustrate this, but there are just far too many. I was constantly stopped in my tracks, and several times got chills. I even read one of them to my wife and cried a little. That quote? Well, it wasn’t about beauty, but about mediocrity. “The first impression it makes on you is the only impression it will ever make. No amount of pondering will make it glow.” – Irish literary critic Denis Donoghue.

But there were more. For instance, “violence’s greatest lie is its attempt to proclaim that all around it is wasteland.” – John Paul Lederach.

I encourage you to read the article BY CLICKING HERE.

Thank you, Alayne. This is for you:

“Without extraordinary Vulnerability, without sheer daring, there is no Beauty.” – The Seed

About FV Everleigh

FV Everleigh is a queer preacher’s kid in Los Angeles. After years as an award winning Christian rock star, FV toured the globe producing acclaimed burlesque shows with a world famous stripper. They eventually moved into John Wayne’s favorite New Orleans brothel and adopted the name Everleigh in tribute to sisters who ran an opulent Chicago bordello in 1900. In addition to training at UCLA, FV has a Television Writing Certificate from Writing Pad LA and is a Roadmap Writers TOP TIER writer. His scripts have placed in the ScreenCraft, Roadmap and Inroads Fellowship competitions. He has a collection of short stories and a novel both being published in 2022 and is a guest contributor to DirtySexyHistory.com. Twenty years surrounded by sex-positive women, outré artists and circus misfits has informed FV’s sexually subversive, morally murky, visually yummy stories where marginalized protagonists win...eventually.
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