Ball point pen on todays newsprint

As an artist and a political junkie, two things come to mind when I here "The Kiss". My artistic hero and superb draftsman Gustav Klimt's famous painting, and then candidate Al Gore awkwardly planting a staged and uncomfortably long kiss on Tipper after accepting the democratic nomination for president. After more than one hundred years, Gustav's Kiss is still vibrant and relevant. Alas, after forty years of marriage, the Gores are splitting up.

Time magazine reporter Lance Morrow ended a piece he wrote ten years ago about the kiss by saying "My deepest instinct tells me that if something is paraded in public, then it must be false -- a mere performance."

  1. June 2, 2010 -

    This is great, Larry. I admit I was sad to hear about the Gores. 40 years is a long time...