Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patricks/Atlas

My mother was up from Merchantville New Jersey visiting for the weekend. We have very different priorities and her idea of sight-seeing is going to St. Patrick's Church of 5th Avenue. It was the first time I had been there, and it was definitely impressive. Although I couldn't help laughing at the shrine to the "Prayer to the Holy Face of Jesus" - that phrase just makes me laugh. I am definitely going to hell.

 But on our way out I was struck by what was across the street - I'm no doubt one of the few people who would find this significant - but across 5th Avenue is the statue of Atlas holding up the world - this was a favorite work of art by the devoutly atheist Ayn Rand, and it appears on at least one edition of "Atlas Shrugged."

I might have been spending too much time thinking about Ayn Rand lately.