This was well worth the read, about Chris Cornell and grunge in general: It’s not what you think
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This was a fascinating read. I had no idea the Charging Bull statue was an uncommissioned guerrilla artwork. I always assumed an investment firm or trade group had commissioned it, but the New York Stock Exchange actually had the New York Police Department impound the statute when it first appeared outside their building. I also didn’t know the Fearless Girl statue was commissioned by an investment firm as a bit of guerrilla marketing. But I can understand why Charging Bull’s artist doesn’t like Fearless Girl: it changes his symbol of power and strength into a symbol of oppression, all to sell somebody’s stock portfolio. I also find it ironic that the company behind Fearless Girl would turn a symbol of “strength in the market” into a symbol of oppression when the product they sell their clients is strength in the market. Maybe a more apt placement would be to put the Fearless Girl next to the bull, facing in the same direction, as though she was directing the Charging Bull. That would probably square better with what State Street Global is selling, and it would return Charging Bull to a symbol of strength, not oppression.
We tend to think of America’s Founding Fathers as all being old men, but some of them were definitely on the young side. Todd Andrlik took the trouble to compile a list of how old various players on both sides of the American Revolution were when the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. While Ben Franklin was 70 and Samuel Adams was 53, George Washington was only 44 and John Adams was just 40. King George Ⅲ was just 38. The youngest signers of the Declaration of Independence appear to have been just 26 years old: Thomas Lynch, Jr. and Edward Rutledge, although the list doesn’t indicate whether or not they actually signed on July 4, 1776 or were among some of the people who added their names later. Still, our perspectives seemed to have been shaped by how these men looked when their portraits were painted years later, not how they looked during the Revolution.