Superlatives is where we talk about what we’re currently enjoying, high-school style. This week, we’ve selected our favorite passages from Art as Therapy, a new book from Alain de Botton and John Armstrong.


Best Description of Bad Art
“It is an empty souvenir.”

Most Harrowing Real Talk
“Improving taste should mean that people regularly get a little more unhappy about certain aspects of their lives.”

Best Extended Metaphor
“The house is a bit like a confident and encouraging friend who makes reassuring murmurs at the right times.”

Best Alliterative Accusation
“Poussin is a pessimist.”

Most Weirdly Specific Suggestion
“To rescue a long-term relationship from complacency, we might learn to effect on our spouse much the same imaginative transformation that Manet performed on his vegetables.”

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