“WHAT DO YOU THINK OF when you hear icon?” I ask at the dinner table a few days before my fifteen-year-old daughter and I visit Frederick Franck, a ninety-six-year-old Dutch-born artist who is the author ofThe Zen of Seeing and about thirty other books.

“I think of Carl Icahn, the corporate raider,” says my husband, Jeff.

“I think of a computer icon,” says Alexandra.

“Nobody thinks of a religious icon,” I comment.

“Do you mean like the Dalai Lama?” asks Alex.

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