Although beauty is subjective, sometimes our culture seems to decide, collectively, what we “should” consider beautiful. Is it straight teeth? The right outfit? A certain weight? Time period and geography change the ideal, but The Beautiful Anthology considers a more personal definition, beyond the “shoulds” of the world. Twenty-seven writers contribute to this collection with essays, stories, and poems all aiming at expanding what it means to be beautiful.
Despite Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time seeming like one of those books that “everyone” has read since its 2003 publication, it was only two months ago when I first picked it up. Perhaps like a lot of readers, the book club in which I participate chose it for discussion. I went in knowing that I had heard both high praise and strong criticism for Haddon’s portrayal of a behaviorally disabled teenager, and I wondered which opinion I’d find more sympathetic. Turns out, I fall somewhere in the middle.