Brian A. Oard is the creator of the literary blog MINDFUL PLEASURES (mindfulpleasures.blogspot.com) and the author of the art history mystery novel THE DEGAS MANUSCRIPT and a collection of essays in art criticism, BEAUTY AND TERROR: ESSAYS ON THE POWER OF PAINTING. He attended the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in English. He has traveled widely and studied art in the galleries, museums and collections of North America and Europe. He lives in the United States, loves London and Paris, and enjoys the cheap objectivity of writing about himself in the third person.