We do have to pay attention to the gutter at some points. But it makes sense that we navigate life by seeking what's beautiful. (Says the art historian.) Anyway, I enjoyed the reading, as well as the confluence of going to hear a poet at the Keats House. I'm navigating life here by seeking things like poetry, music, and art, and I'm lucky enough to be inundated by the latter on a fairly regular basis.
Speaking of which - I gave my first gallery talk today. I mentioned training months ago, but wasn't scheduled until now. It went pretty well - I was glad that people actually showed up, and that it seemed to have an effect on how they viewed the piece. I think it's actually most fun to talk to people who have little knowledge of art history but are genuinely interested in learning. Something to keep in mind as I look for jobs. I'm about to head off on a short trip to Belgium, so I hope to have interesting things to say about that next week.