The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Janna Malamud Smith is a writer and a clinical social worker who lives in Milton, Massachusetts. Her fourth book, An Absorbing Errand, is due out this month. She is a lecturer in psychology at Harvard Medical School, sees patients and teaches at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and has a private practice.
In essence the defiance is about using time and skill to elaborate on an expression of feeling — or an object — beyond the crudest utility, and, by doing so, to endow it with an energy, an attractiveness, an aesthetic that invites the interest and recognition of others, sometimes even after much time has passed.