The Eyes in the Peacock’s Tail
I am a longtime fan of the works of Diane Duane. Not merely her novels, which are frequently excellent, but in other genres as well.
She’s written a worthwhile essay called The Eyes in the Peacock’s Tail which she recently reposted to her Tumblr feed. In addition to its inherent value, I think the points it makes are thrown into valuable relief by something else I saw in her feed a little while later.
Give it a look, and consider what it has to say.