September 23, 2005

The Great Indoors

"(To Californians, might being indoors feel tragic in and of itself?)" -- Peter Schjeldahl makes a playful aside in an article about Robert Bechtle in an old New Yorker.

Oh, where to start?! A place that's all exterior isn't necessarily all outdoors. Interiority might feel tragic for most Californians, but not because they're outdoorsy sorts (contemplating the Void gets a bit boring after a while; for others, it's an endless fascination).

But what could be more Californian than the idea of ostentatiously retreating indoors to contemplate oneself? And where better to do that than indoors in that great glass-fronted mirror-walled Church of Self, the Gym?

(Part of California).


At 9/24/2005 3:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Church of self." Ouch.

The gym does spark a great degree of self-reflection, though, for better or worse.

At 9/25/2005 12:56 pm, Blogger Jimmy Little said...

Yeah, that's what the mirrors are for, right? :-)


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