Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Way back in the spring when I was in LA, I took the selfie at right in my hotel room one morning, and then later that afternoon discovered the left-hand picture by Rubens at the Hammer Museum. Without getting into a whole bunch of body politics, I will just say that term "Rubenesque" as a generic synonym for fat (and female) seems misplaced. A certain fleshiness, yes, but also a certain coloring and certain nose and a certain gaze seem part of the package. At least from where I stand on my medium-to-large, well-shaped feet.

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