Miniature in the Mail #19: "Classic Approach"

"Classic Approach," 5" x 5", oil on masonite
I probably am a technological determinist, a believer in the idea that technology drives the development of society and is irreversible once it's out there. But that's not to say I don't get wistful and drippy for aspects of the old ways, I suppose a sure sign I'm getting older.

It's hard to meet people when they're in cars, buffered by screens, packaged up in private realms, particularly beyond a certain age when no one forces you to be together with new people, as when you were young. I'm fortunate, I have a spouse—we met in an offline class—but I feel for those lonely souls who want to connect intimately but don't have the place for it, that doesn't feel forced, like a clumsy dating site.

The key seems to be to set stages, ostensibly, obliquely, for other causes than simply communing with other flesh-and-blood humans. We need impresarios. Cajole people out of their vehicles and off their devices. Mix in a little beauty, music, a coffee shop and bar or two, food. Squeeze them in so they rub up against one another and remember that they're not islands.


  1. You are doing some really nice work, Ivano. Interesting that you are going small. I was just added to a group that you might be interested in.
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