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Minimalist Memorial

Tribute in Light 2013

I think Pittsburgh tops NYC in terms of beauty.  It’s a bit like San Francisco plopped in Appalachia.  The geography and terrain are an integral part of Pittsburgh, something that’s missing for the most part in NYC.   There, the terrain is manmade.

But if there is one thing I miss about NYC, it’s lower Manhattan.

I used to take the PATH to the city and passed through the eerie chasm of the World Trade Center.  The Freedom Tower that is taking its place has a name that reminds me of the worst dumbing down tendencies of the Bush years. But the building itself is light and tall and majestic, a prism of reflecting planes of light.  It thrusts weightlessly over the area where Occupy made its home at Zuccotti Park.

I also miss the Tribute in Light that I used to watch from the Jersey City side of the harbor.  Some things are best when they are simple.

On 9/11 of this year, the New York City Ballet celebrated New Beginnings on the roof of 4 WTC at sunrise with a performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain.  The music is one of my favorite minimalist pieces, Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in Mirror) by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.


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  1. I spent the day reminding anyone who would listen just how republicans dropped the ball 12 years ago and how the print and broadcast media made it possible.

  2. Thank you for posting. The dance doesn’t speak to me but I love the music.
    Any artist will tell us that it takes a long time to become simple.
    Mr. Mike and Hamfist Ruddyneck are my fantasy boy toys.

  3. I’ve never been to Pittsburgh except the airport. Similar and maybe better terrain combinations can be found in the Pacific Northwest on both sides of the border (Vancouver, Seattle, Portland) plus the wonderful Quebec City. Not only do you have an old central city built on a steep hill but you also have a handy little island (4 miles wide by 10 miles long) in the St. Lawrence River near the city that is chock full of beautiful farms, bakeries, and small restaurants. Honest to God, one of those restaurants had the best cheeseburger. Made with brie and fresh ground mustard on freshly baked bun. Topped with some fresh veggies.
    Eaten on a porch overlooking the river.

    • What has your experience been with health care as delivered in BC as opposed to Oregon if any?

      • None. I was just in the Northwest for a two week vacation. Great scenery. I really enjoyed Oregon, particularly the Hoods river area. Strangely, BC and Oregon seemed nicer than Washington state.

        My experience with Canada was that the small towns and countryside looked more prosperous and orderly than their US counterparts. This was most noticeable crossing over from Maine to Quebec. I suspect that politics plays a part in this.

        • Of course it does, most Canadian MP’s are honorable except for a few Conservatives. Unlike what we’re stuck with in Washington and various state capitols they’re either loony or on the take.

          • I suspect it’s the French in Quebec keeping a lid on things as the U K and now Australia have veered to the crazy.

  4. Off topic, but still relevant, Larry Summers withdrew his name as a candidate for Fed Reserve Chair…

  5. Also off topic but interesting. I saw a PBS documentary on Netflix recently called Hunting the Elements. It spends two hours and about ten minutes were fascinating: actual TV footage of atoms visible in a microscope. What was shown was bronze, and the copper and tin atoms were clearly different. The structure was an extremely well organized grid. Feel free to fast forward through much of the two hours. It contains some interesting trivia and scientific history but a lot of crap (e.g. buying the elements of the human body in a shopping trip to a Home Depot).

    Summers was apparently killed off by Democrats as neither Democrats nor Republicans were enthusiastic about the guy, just Obama and the inner circle.

  6. RD? Do you remember somebody called Vast Left from the years we were blogging so hard?

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