My friend Alison and I were discussing what constitutes a full life, and decided two things are absolutely essential: curiosity and passion. There is not much in this world that I am not interested in, but there are a few topics that I feel like I need another life to fully quench my curiosity. Here's a handful:
- The history of cheese. Never found a book that delves into it as deeply as I want. So here's the dream: I write the book. Work through Europe exploring centers of cheese making, cataloging recipes, and of course, tasting all that cheese. I think medieval Europe would come to a whole new light through the study of cheese. I'd come home one hundred pounds heavier, I'm sure. So now I just need to find a publisher, right...?
- Marine biology. I planned on becoming a marine biologist until I took my first Art History course when I was 16. I knew exactly what I wanted to study too - cephalopods. They are endlessly interesting. Even now my girls have to drag me away from that mammoth, tentacle-y, diaphanous octopus at the aquarium.
- Astronomy. I'll admit, I am more interested in the romantic side of astronomy than the mathematical. But Astrophysics spikes my curiosity. For a while at BYU I toyed with the idea of majoring in Physics, and remember sitting in on an upper level Physics class. Two fellas asked for my number, and I told them they should take an art history course, ha ha.
- Okay - you already know this one. Joan of Arc. From the profane to the sacred, images and interpretations of the saint, I'm obsessed. Did you know that Mark Twain wrote a seminal biography about her? He spent months in France researching her life. He thought it was his "best and most important" book. Yes - the Mark Twain of Huckleberry Finn. I am reading his Joan, and I am completely fascinated with how a nineteenth-century American writer approaches the topic.
Of course the history of art is my greatest passion, but honestly, curiosity knows no bounds. What makes you curious?