All in Essay
The traditions of shan shui painting hardly needed to die for Shen Fan to advance—they are the crux of his abstraction, too.
It’s absurd to believe that a computational model could ever account for every bit of data, or even that a reductionist model could account for significant aberrations. And yet, in politics and in culture, these lately seem to be the methods of critics who, like techies and investors, value prescience over insight.
In the years following my grandmother’s death from a debilitating mental illness, what I remembered most were her eyes.