Mrs. E., my mother, the children and I are off to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (the “OBX”) this week. I’m not sure of the connectivity there. If I can post, I will. I hope to catch up on my blog reading and will try and finish a copy of “I Married Adventure” that my mom has brought along. I wish there were space to bring along “Chez Jacques” and “Albert Hadley” as I am finding them both to be very entertaining and instructional. I am forming some new thoughts about elegance and they really are about a certain ease. In particular, I find that those whose (auto)biographies I read seem to be absolutely sure of themselves. Or I should say, are capable of seeing absolutes in their lives. Where I, for example, will not compromise my honour, I am rather malleable aesthetically. I’ve always thought it to be changing tastes. Now I think that there are a few things that need to be set in stone.
What about you? Are you, like Van Day Truex, sure that you have exquisite taste? And is it a product of your having educated your “palette”, or is it instinctual? I think taste is a habit to be developed, practiced and refined. At least I hope so, if there is to be any hope for me at all. What are your favourite places to learn? (For a few of mine, see my blogroll!)