remembering a good book

my buddy peter wrote this while reflecting after his first few days in new york:
good photo and thought

it reminded me of this quote from The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera:

'Franz said, "Beauty in the European sense has always had a premeditated quality to it. We've always had an aesthetic intention and a long-range plan. That's what enabled Western man to spend decades building a Gothic cathedral or a Renaissance piazza. The beauty of New York rests on a completely different base. It's unintentional. It arose independent of human design, like a stalagmitic cavern. Forms which are in themselves quite ugly turn up fortuitously, without design, in such incredible surroundings that they sparkle with a sudden wondrous poetry."'

just always thought this was a wonderful few turns of phrase.