Friday, January 13, 2023
This gigantic piece of public art is called "Restless Dream," by Zadok Ben-David, from 1993. It's mounted on the monumental building that serves as the western entrance to the Limehouse Link Tunnel, which carries the A1203 highway beneath the Limehouse Basin, connecting the City of London to Canary Wharf.
I saw it on one of my recent Thames Path walks, and it immediately made me think of the carousel scene from the 1976 movie "Logan's Run." Do any of you remember that film? It takes place in a futuristic society where people are only allowed to live until they're 30, and then they participate in a ceremony called carousel ( or "Carrousel") that exterminates them. And the ceremony looks just like that sculpture!
It's enough to give any commuter nightmares.
Things are finally calming down at work. I am caught up on the day-to-day and focusing once again on getting back overdue materials. I still have two kids who have books out from last summer, if you can believe it. I was assured by the parents that the kids would come in yesterday and pay for them, but of course they didn't. Story of my life.
I'm between books myself at the moment. Someone left a copy of "Disloyal," the memoir by Donald Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, on the free table in the library several weeks ago and I picked it up thinking I might read it. But I skimmed the introduction yesterday and it already seems dated. Besides, I'm not sure I can stomach that much Donald Trump.
A co-worker who knows I'm walking the Thames Path gave me a copy of Jerome K. Jerome's book "Three Men in a Boat," which is considered a British classic. (I'd never heard of it before I moved here, so maybe it's not as popular overseas.) It's about a boating holiday on the Thames. Anyway, I might try that one. It's supposed to be funny.
A few nights ago Dave made meatloaf in honor of my recently-departed uncle, since it was said at his funeral to be one of his favorite meals. That was a kind gesture on Dave's part. Besides, who doesn't like meatloaf?