20 3 / 2014
31 1 / 2014
29 1 / 2014
"The heart is an important organ, but it is just an organ. You are not what you want. You are what wants you back."
22 12 / 2013
08 11 / 2013
The theater began shortly after lunch. His fellow judges and court offices and reporters and even the stenographers were already talking about it as if it were another of those things that just happened in the city. One of those out-of-the-ordinary days that made sense of the slew of ordinary days. New York had a way of doing that. Every now and then the city shook its soul out. It assailed you with an image, or a day, or a crime, or a terror, or a beauty so difficult to wrap your mind around that you had to shake your head in disbelief.
He had a theory about it. It happened, and re-happened, because it was a city uninterested in history. Strange things occurred precisely because there was no necessary regard for the past. The city lived in a sort of everyday present. It had no need to believe in itself as a London, or an Athens, or even a signifier of the New World, like a Sydney, or a Los Angeles. No, the city couldn’t care less about where it stood. He had seen a T-shirt once that said: NEW YORK FUCKIN’ CITY. As if it were the only place that ever existed and the only one that ever would.
Excerpt from "Let the Great World Spin: A Novel," by Colum McCann, which features a series of NYC vignettes revolving around the 1974 World Trade Center tightrope walk by Philippe Petit and the aftermath of the Vietnam war (and of course, so much more). Of particular interest are several fictionalized first-person accounts of Petit’s experience, which are so, so incredibly enchanting. I’ve been plowing through this book last week and this during my commute to and from work, and this morning I emerged from the Chambers Street subway station as usual, on a bright, crisp November Friday morning, nothing particularly special about it, and lifted my gaze up to the new World Trade buildings, as usual. And I couldn’t help but wonder what the first out-of-the-ordinary day will be that memorializes these towers. I hope it’s something as beautiful and thrilling as Petit’s adventure. I hope I get to witness it.
22 10 / 2013