Passage #507: 5 June 2019
A Castle in the Mind
We work with what we are given, and when what we are given is a barrage of forms divorced from their original context, the work (such as it is) can become an uncanny pastiche. Certain details are reproduced faithfully, but the overall shape is somehow just... off. And so it is with the subjects of tonight's ride, which have taken rather literally the adage that one's home is one's castle, cobbling together all the expected pieces (Towers! Parapets! Arrow loops!), but leaving some gulf that even a drawbridge cannot span.
Usually, of course, we try to provide some historical background, some unifying thread that might allow us to better understand our subjects, but when they so willfully defy any context, perhaps we should just embrace that and approach them on their own terms. So tonight, we examine these castles as castles and see what treasure there is to be found.