"Isn't it beautiful?" — a middle-aged white woman enthused gently...

... as I was photographing this...

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... in downtown Madison. Maybe she was just trying to say the right thing, but maybe she was delusional or had very low standards. I aim to help — and I have to admit that she wasn't the slightest bit intimidating to me — so I said, "Actually, I don't think this one is very good." In my endless search for positivity, I added that there were a lot of other murals and many of them were good. And then, because I'm always looking for a point of agreement, I said, "The eye is... interesting"....

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Despite or maybe because of the roughness of the painting, it has a creepy drippiosity that's vaguely riveting....

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