Tuesday, March 25, 2003

History lesson for the week.

Supercool history-art god-friend James at jameswagner.com corrected me:
Just saw your post about Der Neue Galerie, Glenn, but I disagree with your statement, "People never saw the clouds gathering in the distance. People had no idea that the changes in government would have such devastating consequences."

They saw the clouds, they knew the republic was in danger throughout its 14 years of existence, and they knew very well what Hitler's "selection" in 1932 (neither he nor his party "won" an election) meant. Above all the people who were creative and those who were part of the creative world knew, but all Germans were political. There were hundreds of newspapers and each one had a clear political identity. Even bars, restaurants, coffee houses, clubs and beaches were political. There were dozens of political parties, at least five major ones in 1932, and they did not complete to look bland. None of them pretended to be or desire other than what it really was or really wanted.

As Prince sang to Sheena Easton, "I stand corrected! You got the look!"

Sunday, March 23, 2003

What a lovely weekend. I went with Simon to see Sonnets for an Old Century, a play directed by Daniel Luna. It had all sorts of enjoyable bits and bobs, although this one actor's scene was annoying. She played someone in a mental hospital, and we both thought she needed to just die. Her monologue on urine walls was reminiscent of Sheena Easton's Sugar Walls. Otherwise it was extremely enjoyable. Afterwards, we both drank wildly at Moe's and Kili. The bartender girl at Kili remembered us from the night of Michael's final party before heading off to California. Simon and I parted company, I jumped on the train, and when I reached my stop it was daylight. Oops.

Joe woke me up Saturday to remind me of our lunch date at the Neue Galerie. What I found so interesting was the relationship between Weimar Berlin and NYC today. Everything was so vibrant, so liberal, so full of promise. People never saw the clouds gathering in the distance. People had no idea that the changes in government would have such devastating consequences. I really loved the display. I'm not sure which was more memorable, the amazing art or the man violently barfing on the way back home. THAT was rather impressive, the sheer volume and noise.