Portugal reminds me a lot of Turkey. It’s really hilly and old which makes me think of Istanbul and it’s also super unfriendly to disabled people because of narrow sidewalks etc. There are also slums here which I wasn’t expecting to see in an EU country. Some of the ones I saw looked even worse…
Good things to know for a future adventure.
A fun new one! Weeeeeeeeeeeeee! I’m obsessing over this idea of multiple beings forced into linkage by sharing limbs and such, like Siamese twins, only not twins so who knows how these things were born (right, they are painted, not born………) and so I did another and will probably do another until I get bored, or obsessed with something else.
Also, if you are old enough to rent a car (I am not!), do not forget to fly to Albany, New York and then drive in your rental car to Hudson, New York to see the group show at Limner Gallery called “Strange Figurations”! It opens today. A painting of mine is there. Here is the link! Again.
Before 9/11 I was a proud American. But that was lost with America’s self destructive response to that event in the following years. Rather than using 9/11 to look at itself in the mirror and ask “Why?” America instead used it as an excuse to go on a rampage of war and destruction at a cost of untold loss of human life and suffering and trillions of dollars, not to mention betraying its own ideals through things like the Patriot Act. America today is a greedy, fearful, and much diminished place because of the harm it caused on itself and others in response to 9/11. The decade since has left me and probably many other survivors of the Cheney/Bush administration with a cynicism about America that was unthinkable a decade ago.
America, always supremely narcissistic and incapable of true introspection and humility, 10 years later gratuitously wraps itself in the flag and puts on a big jingoistic ceremonial pity party broadcast to the world. Pardon me if I don’t join in. I won’t be flying the American flag today. The memories of those whose lives were lost in 9/11 are better served by something more personal and modest.
I can’t imagine other countries and cities which have suffered much, much, much worse acts of terrorism (some at the hands of America) putting on something like this. Imagine reciting the names of the victims of the firebombing of Dresden, or the victims of the atom bombs America dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those countries and cities picked themselves up, rebuilt and moved on with life. Until America can look at 9/11 as simply something that happened, and stop obsessively reliving and rehashing it over and over again, it will just keep going around in circles getting nowhere. The half built WTC today is a symbol of America’s inability to get over itself.