Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The aesthetic of decay.

John White Alexander Repose (American 1895)

I was in eleventh grade when I drove with some friends to see Leonard Cohen sing at a concert hall in New Jersey. He did "First We Take Manhattan", and between the backs of two well-dressed women I could see Mr. Cohen memorially holding a diamond bracelet in his hand as he sang about one place, then another, then jail. Of all the love songs a guy could sing, his had to touch upon world domination. Even in eleventh grade, inexplicably, that made sense to me.

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