a blog with cultural bulimia.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

On beauty and aging.

"Shakespeare wrote a lot about the power of beauty and the withering of beauty. As one pre-Botox sonnet went:
When forty winters shall besiege thy brow
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
Thy youth's proud livery, so gazed on now,
Will be a tattered weed of small worth held.
Shakespeare also wrote about narcissistic personalities and the treacheries of time. So I'm sure he would have been fascinated by the obsession of our modern culture with freezing the clock - and the face - with lifestyle drugs and medical treatments."
Maureen Dowd