Ligence and willingness to live life to the fullest More than just a travel memoir but a close look at what makes art open our minds to new possibilities. Ers and animals devouring prey that adorn the cathedrals of Cahors and Carcassonne and she xplores a limestone uarry from where these great slabs of stone were hewn a thousand years ago She walks the routes of pilgrimages testaments to the tenacity of human hope meeting people along the way and savoring the local food and wine Above all she journeys deep into the strange relationship of the sexually incompatible Lucy and Kingsley following them to Donegal where their marriage was to nd tragically and mysteriously on the cliffs of Inishbofin.
The Wallace family of CTNY and the Kinsley s are most interesting They are typically of American immigrants that work hard upon arriving here and later be. An absorbing travel book a meditation on geology photography Romanesue art and the romance of physical decline The Slow Breath of Stone throws a mirror on Europe of the Middle Ages and its hold on us today In the years following the devastations of the first world war a brilliant young American couple Kingsley and Lucy Porter traveled to south west France to document the abbeys and basilicas of the Romanesue period Their xtraordinary photographs revealed some of the most feverishly inventive stonescapes in Europe stories chiselled from the
Come New England blue bloods Lucy and Arthur are descendents of these lines and I am fascinated by their uniue story there unusual marriage and their intel. Ible and nightmares rams playing harps and devils ating men's brains; a female centaur pulling a mermaid's hair; women suckling snakes at their breasts For the Porters these were images of an imagined world that unlocked secrets of the 11th century but menacingly cast a dark shadow over their marriage In The Slow Breath of Stone Pamela Petro rents a car and using the Porter's photographs and Lucy's journal as her map retraces their journey through the wild landscapes of the Rouergue She visits the beautiful and disturbing sculptures of monst.