Is taste just a social construct? The aesthetic dictates of a ruling class? Or is it a gift bestowed upon us by those with a superpower for seeing beauty (whatever that is)? Are you born with it, or is it something you can acquire? One thing’s for sure: You can’t buy it for all the money in the world.
The Most Radical Snob’s Guide to Life
A master class in originality from the man best known as the Pope of Trash—but whom we know as T&C’s most surprising, and devoted, subscriber.
À Son Goût!
From Plato to Puccini to Paley, a historic analysis.
Does Good Taste Run in the Family?
Eye color, cholesterol, and an appreciation of taxidermy.
Sometimes the things that are the hardest to appreciate are the most worthy.
The Eternal Debate: Minimalism vs. Maximalism
Less is more. More is more. It’s the aesthetic competition of the millennium, with formidable captains on both teams.
Not Even Mozart?
Is nothing really objectively excellent?
13 artists, performers, and critics on the subject of taste.
Cover image photographed by Douglas Friedman. Styled by Matthew Marden. Illustrations by Barry Blitt.
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