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July 27, 2008

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Lovely essay. And thanks for posting that amazing portrait. It seems to come to life even on the screen. There's a Whitman mall somewhere in L.I. I wonder how many other such stops exist. Looking forward to the week!

Whitman: Sweet, man. Thanks.

Terrific piece, and one that captures the moodiness of the old Patent Office. Wouldn't Whitman have loved James Hampton's "The Throne of the Third Heavens, Nations General Assembly," a sculpture which always has seemed appropriately placed there? It's a spiritual invention, patented in the spheres. Speaking of which, my great aunt, Noma Thompson--who worked at the Patent building during the 1920s and '30s, invented an early (if not the first) changeable typewriter ribbon, the patent to which she sold for $25. How many Washington poems have been written with such a device? How many might I have written, against the comfort of that inheritance?

I really enjoyed this, then and now. And probably again sometime.

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