No-Man’s Land

When I was in college an art history professor, encouraging us to seek to understand the values that motivated the artists we studied, urged us to address those central issues: “You’ll want to think about this between now and your deathbed,” he regularly said. That professor crosses my mind occasionally, but in the crypts he came to mind especially when I looked at two of the full skeletons in their brown robes; each held a sign. Said one, in English: “As you are now, we once were”; said the other, “As we are now, you soon will be.” Same message: You’ve got a short vacation there on Earth, but soon you’ll be dead – and you’ll be dead a long time.

Scott Huler, Crown Publishers 2008


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