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Today [personal profile] izilen and I went to the Cloisters, and it was incredible. I don't claim to know a lot about art - there was a time when I wanted to be both an artist and an art historian, and ended up being neither of those things - but I do know a little about the feeling I get in the presence of things so much older than me, the awe of this-is-something-someone-made that lasted after they were gone and has been looked at with thousands of eyes.

It is so easy, especially in a crowded and hurried and hot city, to remember the things that force you to know you're unimportant, to feel entirely still, in a good way. Things that almost command you to pay attention: this stone has stories inside of it, this river is glinting so bright in the sun it's hard to look at, these flowers and herbs have a family history, and until this is all gone people are going to keep making things that last longer than whatever anybody up here on the very top of an island in the 2010s might be feeling or thinking.

Being a human being in the world is pretty amazing I guess is my point.

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THE CLOISTERS IS THE BEST THING THAT NOBODY GOES TO oh man, I need to go back there.


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