June 13, 2012


In his novel “When we were orphans” Kazuo Ishiguro describes an old Shanghai in which people shove each other out of the way with scarcely a second thought. Nobody is offended. They take it in stride. I like this bumper-car ethos. What’s wrong with a friendly little push? It shouldn’t be limited to basketball courts and white sales at Filene’s Basement. Maybe I’ll get the ball rolling with art galleries and museums. See how it goes over. People stand for way too long in front of Vermeers I want to see.