On the Gothic

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I’m reading John Ruskin’ On Art and Life (one of those little Great Ideas books from Penguin which inflame the bibliophile in me). Very early on, Ruskin says this:

…and it is so in a far greater degree to make the abstraction of the Gothic character intelligble, because that character itself is made up of many mingled ideas, and can consist only in their union. That is to say, pointed arches do not constitute Gothic, nor vaulted roofs, nor flying buttresses, nor grotesque sculptures, but all or some of these things, and many other things with them, when they come together so as to have life.

In which case, HEARTLAND is Gothic. I, too, am Gothic. It’s nice to be defined.

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