Philosopher: Christiane Merritt, Washington University in St. Louis
Artwork: Hat, Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí, winter 1937-38. Black wool felt.
100 words: Some bizarre pamphlets appeared in church when I was 10 or 12, exhorting us (women) to dress modestly, like the Blessed Virgin. “Do you think Mary wore slacks?” Well, no, but you wouldn’t have caught Jesus in jeans, either.