This Lady, of plaster and wood and paint,
is one of the strong ecological factors of the town of Loreto,
and not to know her and her strength is to fail to know Loreto.
One could not ignore a granite monolith in the path of the waves.
Such a rock, breaking the rushing waters, would have an effect on
animal distribution radiating in circles like a dropped stone in a pool.
So has this plaster Lady a powerful effect on the deep black water of
the human spirit. She may disappear and her name be lost, as the
Magna Mater, as Isis, have disappeared. But something very like her
will take her place, and the longings which created her will find
somewhere in the world a similar altar on which to pour their force.
No matter what her name is, Artemis, or Venus, or the girl behind a
Woolworth counter vaguely remembered, she is as eternal as our
species, and we will continue to manufacture her as long as we survive.
– John Steinbeck,
Sea of Cortez, (1941)
p. 175 – 176
is man’s greatest invention.”
– Cornelia Otis Skinner
Even though the first 27 seconds of this video drag a little,
this time-capsule is definitely worth watching.
Until next week,
Indiana the Magnificent