Tenderness, violence, animosity, and compassion are the outer edges of what feels like a total map of the human condition. We seek meaning in a shallow arrangement of eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth, despite how often faces lie, or how often they cloak the world-ordering phenomena of race, gender, and class. Rather than depress or shame readers with these facts, Serpell delights in them. Unencumbered by truth, the face becomes interesting, motile—a work of art.
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When the pandemic hit, we began gathering around the hearths of our screens, for news, or in solidarity with friends and family, for the cold solace of a cocktail-hour booze-Zoom , even for preschool, the grid of domestic scenes and small, hopeful faces meant to relieve us of our isolation somehow only succeeding in reinforcing it. Even those of us who tend naturally toward solitary endeavors find ourselves running low on interiority these days. Under normal circumstances, illness is a largely private event; even a common disease is suffered individually. Grid life seems all too easy a metaphor for a society stripped bare, exposed for what it has become. We will all have our own metaphors and images to make meaning of this time: art or reportage or our own witnessing, the visuals that endure, reflecting us back to ourselves. The streets of Wuhan, a city of millions, emptied out.
Closer, I could see the thing for itself, made—she must have stitched it herself—out of an old beige underwire bra, one cup cut off and turned upside down, the wire crimped onto the bridge of her nose, the thin nylon straps cinched around the back of her head. I stepped toward her, thinking I ought to say something: Was she O. Instantly her eyes widened and she turned away, quickening her pace. I never saw her again.
Jesus of Nazareth c. He is the Messiah of ultimate salvation and Son of God by followers of Christian traditions. The sayings of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament have had a profound effect on human history and culture.