jolie laide

jolie laide

I started this when I lived in Brooklyn and struggled for grace in a city that grants moments of beauty and ugliness breathtakingly close to one another. Now I live in a place where things are a different kind of ugly and the beauty is pedestrian. I struggle with that.


a ten mile run and afterwards, stretching at the bus stop my head is upside down and I am looking down the street at the Empire State Building in the distance, sepia in the smog, the one vague blurry light on top, and it reminds me of you.


Blogger remue-menage said...

the Empire State Building & the Chrysler Building have the same effect on me --------------->

it's architecture as transportation - I'm vaulted back to the 40's - a simpler time, a simpler city

the age of my grandparents - who themselves are fading, but their architecture remains as testament to their aspirations

3:08 AM  
Blogger ttractor said...

I know why we stopped building things with such lyricism, I wish we hadn't though. I have some hope for the new arts library in Brooklyn, but it won't be so monumental and iconic. I wonder, did the designers of those buildings know they were creating gorgeous classics?

7:55 AM  
Blogger Dr. S said...

you were thinking of me? of me? hooray!

7:35 PM  
Blogger ttractor said...

of course I was thinking of you! and wishing you would read me your poetry!

11:23 AM  

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