Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Which of these statues would you animate, given a choice,
supposing a fairy wand should also replace missing limbs, that broken nose,
and teach it a modern language which you also spoke, all contingencies
provided for, except clothes? I myself would forego Apollo and
Venus Anadromene, as I have known their contemporary counterparts
and found them to be bores, in favor of this faun. For him, I would make
a golden chain and a supple collar studded with his name--Nijinski,
I think--and walk him in the park by day, and by night commit
unspeakable acts behind closed doors, breaking antiques, throwing
plates, and be happy for a while.

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