|I saw the Pietà at the 1964 World's fair. I was on a trip with my high school orchestra; we were performing at the New York exhibit.
There was a line outside the exhibit, the sculpture had not been outside of Rome for quite some time, if ever. I recall there was a moving sidewalk (one of the first) in front of the exhibit, probably so viewers couldn't linger.
I also recall that I, a gawky teenager with and interest in mathematics, was so struck by the sculpture's magnificence that I forgot about the moving sidewalk and fell off it at the end, causing a chain reaction.
|Borders||My local Borders bookstore has closed. It is now an upscal restaurant.
This is particularly poignant for me; I've been a Borders customer since there was only one of them in Ann Arbor. I was really surprised when they tried to BarnesAndNoble themselves.
I stopped by on their last weekend to see if there were any closeouts I wanted. I didn't see anything but I leafed through a photography book, Beat Memories by Allen Ginsberg. While I'm a little (just a little) too young to have been a beatnik, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Corso, et. al. were big influences on me while I was growing up.
So I decided I'd better buy it. I figured it would be gone but I'd better give it a try.
I was right. A few days later there were only a few art books left. All the copies of Beat Memories were gone..
As I was walking out of the store I looked on a clearance table near the register and there it was. Finding it made my day.
When I came home I was able to find it on Amazon but I probably would never have gotten it there, or even thought about it. I feel much better buying it as a celebration of the demise of Border's Noble experiment.
The entry above is an experiment for me. I don't want to twitterize this blog with 140 character daily accounts of my feelings, purchases, and⁄or bodily functions. But I decided to post this one.I'm pretty sure no one reads this anyway, so why not?