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Monday March 20, 2000, 15:31

i spent the weekend in new york.

visiting friend unseen for months, weeks, and years. three years is a long time to go without seeing a friend, and it's nice to know that things change so very little over time.

i've tried unsuccessfully now twice to write my South By Southwest story. The first time i got bored. The second i found myself facedown on my desk, hands still curled over the keyboard, thoughts unfinished.

but this past weekend, in ney york, sleeping on the floor of an apartment in washington heights (huge!), walking around in (increasingly more broken in yet still rather) uncomfortable nice shoes and getting museum-head (which is a lot like mall-head but on a much more intellectual level) at the met, i felt, for the first time in months, like actually thinking.

i walked around the museum and my mind began churning. churning i say! it does no such thing as i walk the route from my apartment to the office, and it does nothing even remotely resembling churning as i sit in front of this large monitor trying to satisfy my employers while all the while not doing any real work.

as i was standing at the walker evans exhibit (notice how i reference that web site, showing both my html prowess and the fact that i did in fact experience some art this weekend) i watched the steady stream of patrons who spent between five and ten dollars each to visiti the museum pause briefly in front of photograph after photograph, make a little chin-scratching gesture, as if to say "look at me, i'm appreciating art" and then move on, gathering art as they would mashed potatoes and soggy peas in a cafeteria luch line.

to be sure, many of them were lamenting the fact that the exhibit was so crowded and the room so hot that they were just going to leave as there was no point to trying to muscle their way though the crowds.

and get this. after i was done watching all of this, i then had a conversation with my friend about this very thing. and we didn't agree, and we talked about it a bit. and it was good.

what's the point? i think there are a couple of points. the first is that the consumption of art in our society has become nothing more than a sunday activity with the family in order to fulfill some sort of "culture" quota so people can feel like their getting their money's worth out of living somewhere that has museums.

the other point is that i miss new york.

16:15

I made such the wrong decision with this chinese food. I should have gotten either vegetable fried rice or just plain white rice. but no, i went with the house special fried rice, which just sucks. *sigh*

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