New York: Union Square
Inspiration: Romantic Love. "It is the sweetest thing; it is a red red rose; it is a battlefield; it is a drug, a delusion, a lunacy. It is the answer, and the question. It is a balm and a piercing arrow" -- Backwards in Heels. Whatever it is, it seems as if there is nothing else in the world that people want more. There are so many opinions about romantic love. Plato called it a mental disease. Pat Benatar famously likened it to a battlefield. Shakespeare called it "a smoke made with the fume of sighs . . . a sea nourished with lover's tears . . . a choking gall and a preserving sweet." I've read recently that MRI scans show that falling in love requires a very small part of the brain -- smaller than that needed to use your computer -- but the exact part of the brain that responds to hallucinatory drugs. George Bernard Shaw said: "When two people are under the influence of the most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part." After a break-up, we swear that we will never love again, but then we do. What is it about being temporarily insane that we all crave so much? Rhetorical question, but you can answer if you want to.