A simple point explained efficiently, with style, grace and relevant anecdotes.
Such is the mid-way review of the entrancing "In Pursuit of Elegance," a truly thought-provoking read by Matthew E. May. The book's seven-word subtitle--"Why The Best Ideas Have Something Missing"--not only describe its subject matter perfectly, but walks the talk by piquing one's curiosity to want to find out more. And find out fast. Which is what I've been doing ever since I got my little hands on this one.
A kindred spirit in many ways--we share a speaking agent, a love of contemporary art, and a profound appreciation for the aesthetically-pleasing--Matthew and I also agree on the power of Surprise...well, if you can believe this insightful passage from the "Seduced By Nothing" chapter of his aforementioned tome:
"Seductive ideas rest on our ability to spark the kind of intrigue that will keep the imagination engaged. Not knowing exactly what's going to happen next...keeps us glued to our seats when watching a thriller and quickly turning the pages in a mystery novel.
"If we can too easily guess the outcome, or if the conclusion is not surprising enough, we are disappointed. As soon as we become confident in our conclusion, we may lose interest entirely."
And now...time to jump back in and finish the oh-so-elegant rest.