with John Teasle

Michelangelo claimed he could release the angel from the stone.  Bernini, he just walks right in and makes himself acquainted.  He totally ignores the marble.  He totally ignores this obstacle which weighs a ton and must be negotiated with a fucking pick.  What he was capable of.  Utterly ruthless.  Power broker.  A lunchtime meet with some marquis or pope or other.  Glad-handing the whole Vatican fraternity.  But while the maestro’s shaking hands, he’s also conjuring up these miracles. The orgasm of Saint Theresa what you call it.  Corkscrew columns.  He makes you scared of it.  Scared you were ever scared of any thing.  But he teaches you. Just step in. Negotiate.