13 Feb Michael Silverblatt

Anything she became interested in, she mastered and commanded and became central to… There was nothing that she felt that you could not learn, no place that you could not go, nothing that your mind could not bring you centrality toward. The idea that we live in a world in which – let’s say it – standards are disappearing and it was more than likely for the things one loved to vanish with the standards, to go down the drain… She was there. To rescue, to hold up to standards of moral intensity and aesthetic delight, the things she believed in. That is, I think she taught us to be passionately punishing toward a culture that wants to immolate itself, to eat itself, to disappear.”