MOVE OVER ASTROLOGY BUFFS
Eyes have been called the window to the soul. It turns out that ear shapes offer the same view of personality, or so says the “Physiognomy Face Reading Dictionary,” which purports to offer a way to assess character by ear morphology. Small ears convey sensitivity; bent ears signal high intelligence, says this source. But beware of swollen ears! They indicate thoughtlessness. No further explanation is offered.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
Ears are making celebrity news, or vice versa. It turns out those ever-enlightening celeb-sites have made extraordinary effort to find stars with the prettiest ears (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halle Berry), to ferret out film dialogue acclaiming outer-ear beauty (“Erin Brockovich,” in which the title character is complimented on hers, a pair that belongs to Julia Roberts), and to determine which actresses, sadly, have less-than-lovely ones (the late Elizabeth Taylor). No wonder relative newcomer Selena Gomez, a pop-singing beauty and girlfriend of Justin Bieber, is insecure about … well, you guessed it. She confesses she now hides them behind a thicket of hair, presumably keeping them critique-proof.
LET ME COUNT THE WAYS
If you think too much is being made of the shape, size, and appearance of ears, just take a look at a video making rounds on the Internet in which the lauded poet Joseph Millar celebrates these structures as “delicate wings,” and a truly under-recognized source of wonder. He says so in a heartfelt composition entitled — what else? — “Ode to the Ear.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M6V0O7Stg0.