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A Privitized Hospitality

“John Thorne, reflecting on Martha Stewart’s use of antique pots and her ‘overwhelming emphasis on things,’ writes: 

If you take your house and remove from view everything that is quirky, ugly, or difficult, and heap the polished shelves with unthreatening, desirable objects coveted by your neighbors, surface becomes everything: an impenetrable, calculated, and intensely desirable veneer. . . . In most homes, the contents are a mirror of the selves that live there; in this home, the mirror reflects nothing but desire. We don’t look into it: we look at it and murmur; “I love it—where can I get one like it for myself?” 

“This form of ‘entertaining’ hospitality, focused on appearance, becomes a way of holding others at a distance and thus, as Hütter notes, turns into a subtle form of lying.”

-Elizabeth Newman, Untamed Hospitality (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press) loc. 353, 365.


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