Thursday, December 22, 2005


The wife and I were discussing someone I have to buy a Christmas gift for, a woman we'd both describe as "earthy." It occured to Amy that this was an odd thing, that the word "earthy," with its association with primitive cultures and anti-modern attitudes, has come to suggest a woman dress in muted colors, cultivating a plain, anti-glamor look, who deliberately stands aside from anything that serves to accentuate eroticism.

Odd, because real "earthy" peoples, whether ancient or modern, celebrate the majik of eros and desire, and they get themselves tricked out with every manner of ornament and garish visual expression when they can.