Beauty can be a myth. But the same can be said of overcoming beauty.
Martin Gurri discusses our culture's pro-word bias, and how imagemaking is tearing it down.
Glamour demands perfection, but sometimes the world just doesn't deliver.
Virginia Postrel warns: Joining a political movement may be glamorous, but political victory has a way of puncturing one's illusions.
Grant McCracken brings in another kind of visual persuasion - sprezzatura, the art of concealing all art.
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano discusses politicians' paradoxical - and pricey - quest to look unpolished. But also perfect.
Martin Gurri suggests that the world's elites have lately lost control over the visual. Anyone can publish images today, and it's changing the world.
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano looks at what people want in their representatives. Turns out it's... themselves.
Grant McCracken discusses luxury, glamour, and how the two of them relate to political power.
Virginia Postrel discusses the power of visual persuasion in politics, its peril and also its promise.