Thursday, July 02, 2009

Whizzz! Boom! Bang! Meh.

"...the professional fireworks display is an exercise in pomposity, aggression, triumphalism, and hubris. The pyrotechnician—and, more importantly, his patron—intends to ornament the night sky beyond the powers of God himself. He means to inspire awe for little purpose other than to demonstrate his power."
From Slate.

The best fireworks display I saw was one Fourth of July, several years ago. It had been raining all evening and by the time it was dark, the fireworks were occurring behind a thick wall of cloud. It was like a high-concept, prank art project. You had ten thousand billion people, all looking up at the sky and, by force of habit, emitting a disappointed, low-intensity "oooh" at nothing.

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