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2002-04-18

Richard Wagner
B. 5.22.1813 Leipzig / D. 2.13.1883 Venice
Heart Trouble

Just knelt on the jagged side of a geode (don’t ask) and now the throbbing makes me think of Steffi Graf. So much worse than this—in both knees even—yet still, for years, she played. And triumphed. What a woman.
That said, the Germans are a rotten crew. Good artists—good writers, composers, designers—good athletes—but then they do that, don’t they—send selves out to conquer. Out to topple thrones and records, nerves and gods.

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