Fri. February 15
The Daily Scene
Moderation. Remember that? It was once held up as an indisputable virtue, virtually synonymous with prudence. Don’t get too carried away with any one thing. Don’t become too set in your ways. That was the message from parents and teachers. That was the cue the culture gave. But America these days is an immoderate land of fixed opinions and outsize fixations. More and more we wallow: in our established political philosophy; in our preferred interest group; in our pastime of choice; in whichever health routine we’ve turned into a health religion.
While some fashion photographers are inspired by the futuristic, others go retro—very retro.
Walking enigmas. There’s no getting around it: 15-year-old boys talk to their friends more than they talk to their parents. They probably talk to their dogs more than they talk to their parents. In class, they can’t stop talking for five minutes to work independently on a writing project, but when they get home, apparently, they’re mute.
If you’re not already in a relationship, the roses, chocolates, and oversize cards of Valentine’s Day can be a heart-shaped reality check: it’s time to get back in the game.
Kids ask and scientists and philosophers answer: Why we fall in love, what we’re all made of, how dreams work, and more deceptively simple mysteries of living.