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UD was the first visitor to the West Wing of the National Gallery today.

She’s become addicted to the luxury/intensity of having the history of art to herself. She stays for an hour and a half or so, until other people dare to show up and share the goods.

I swear there’s almost no one there at ten AM on a cold weekday, so you just sashay about with an idiotic smile on your face as one unbelievable gallery after another beckons you. You hum Bach’s Cello #1 and the paintings hum back. Their lifeblood is bright red. They are right at you.

Even deathly pale their lifeblood is bright.

It’s you, the copyist, and the echoing halls.

Outside, UD takes heart from the writing on the side of the Archives.

Permanency. YES!

Although just in case I’m keeping a few of these pennies in my pocket.

Margaret Soltan, February 7, 2024 2:07PM
Posted in: snapshots from home

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2 Responses to “UD was the first visitor to the West Wing of the National Gallery today.”

  1. Dmitry Says:

    How permanent are your institutions? Do you think they will survive the present election cycle?

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    I do. Several of my friends – some of them political scientists – are not at all sure. But yes – things are dire, but I think Biden will win, half the country will NOT riot in the streets, and something like normalcy will reign.

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