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Advent 2007: Malevich, Morning in the Village after Snowstorm

Kazimir Malevich (1878 – 1935)
Morning in the Village after Snowstorm, 1912
Oil on canvas
Morning in the Village after Snowstorm
Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas

Today's work of art is a striking Modernist rendition of a snowy winter afternoon, currently on display in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hey, didn't I just throw Delaware out of this project for having nothing better to offer than a "sort of wintery" Andrew Wyeth painting? Why, yes, yes I did. Consider it payback for charging me 38 cents per mile every time I drive through your stupid state on my way to New York.

I've been to Nevada twice. I went to Las Vegas in 2002 for a Thanksgiving gathering of people from the TWoP Buffy forum, including such notables as boliver, astrablue, and allthatjazmyne. It was a fairly short trip, but probably about the right length for someone with no particular interest in gambling. My next and thus far last trip to the state came in 2003, when I visited Lake Tahoe and Carson City during my thousand-mile car trip around California. I remember when I was planning that trip, I dropped by the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Senator Harry Reid to see if they had any tourism brochures for Carson City. They didn't, and apparently I was the first person who had ever asked for any, or, for that matter, had ever expressed any interest in Carson City at all. In fact, that I was planning a trip to Nevada for the sole purpose of visiting Carson City was quite baffling to the staffers I spoke to. To which I say, fie on them! Carson City was a perfectly lovely little city with an attractive Capitol Building -- the only one in the U.S. with a silver dome! -- and I'm happy to have made the trip, dammit.

2003: Southwell, "The Burning Babe"
2004: Lares Group, La Virgen y el Niño
2005: Have a super holiday season
2006: Paterson, From Bridge to Terabithia, chapter six, “The Coming of Prince Terrien”

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