Love in the Age of the Pickup Artist: Stendhal Among the Seducers – The Point Magazine

One of the best things I’ve read this summer. Great writing. Well worth the time. (via)

The essence of passionate love, what grants it the nobility that the others do not possess, is what Stendhal calls crystallization. Just as the naked branch of a tree will gather diamond-like crystals if it is dropped into a salt mine, a lover will gather perfections about the crooked timber of his beloved.

Love in the Age of the Pickup Artist: Stendhal Among the Seducers – The Point Magazine