"When someone experiences desire as a cosmic force, he makes the flattering assumption that he has such a capacious, dynamic sensibility that his ardor must originate in something larger and deeper and more important than does the love of the other ninety-nine percent of mortals." Mark Bauerlein on rationalizing lust with transcendent eros.
"People who are extraordinarily beautiful recognize the force of their beauty and underestimate other virtues. How easy is it to forget issues of character when one’s beauty does so much?" Mark Bauerlein reflects on Narcissus, the curse of beauty, and the love of self.