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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Post-Apocalyptic Sculptures of the West

In the short space of a generation, large parts of Western civilization are looking abandoned and forgotten. Are there actually any Europeans left at all? Or have they already become extinct? These pieces look like structures built by Morlocks in H.G. Wells novel The Time Machine.

I forget where it was but I saw this picture of a statue in front of an automobile company in Detroit a while back and it made me feel like weeping to contemplate how rapidly the whole enterprise has unraveled into dissolution. Is it too much to ask that my life not be framed around the event? I seem to have had to suffer through the entire thing with a front row seat and absolute helplessness to do anything about it. I have simply been cast as an observer. I'm good at it but if I wasn't, who'd notice?

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