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Exploring The Catcher in the Rye   :   album   :   The Carrousel in Central Park South

Carrousel horses: Central Park South From an era (1908) when things were so straight laced and controlled and people were more ignorant and living closer to the bone than, in general, today, here is a flight of fancy for children, complete with the legend of the gold ring.

(This carrousel actually doesn't have a gold ring.) Its horses have a variety of designs on them. The housing in the center, and the rim around the top, are covered with strange, goofy scenes. Even the fence on the building is inventively decorated.
I took a ride. It was fun (fun as opposed to embarrassing -- I was a little self conscious, but not embarrassed). I was surprised by how fast it went (12 miles/hour). I thought it would be almost sedate. Look forward, you're in a team of floating, galloping horses. Look back, and more are coming. Look up: bare beams painted red, black metal, bare light bulbs. Only a buck for this nice, amusing ride. And it's not in aid of some propaganda (such as the surround [it wasn't] HDTV exhibit in the NBC store, in Rockefeller Center, which I found worthless).
So much for the idea that you have to go over a cliff with your era's, your peer group's, ways. One era's mode of living can't be summed up by its generalities. There was something so beautiful about the ducks and carrousel and even the zoo. Perhaps it is the specific, the transcendent specific.