Friday, December 7, 2012

I SEE PENIS: THE REAL PULITZER CONTROVERSY!


As many of you remember, the most recent Pulitzer Prize Awards Ceremony brought quite a shock when they didn't award a prize for fiction. But another controversy was clearly overlooked.  On a recent visit to Columbia University, I noticed that the room where the Pulitzer Prizes are announced displays a HUGE GIANT I SEE PENIS along the wall behind the podium.  It's a stained glass image of the femininely phallic Statue of Liberty set between the two hemispheres of the globe.  Basically, Lady Liberty's got some big balls.



And if you're at all interested in the three books the Pulitzer jurors thought might win the award, I can definitely recommend all three.


2 comments:

  1. Dear Karl and Colby,

    I was going to ask if you knew which stained glass artist had designed this window, but I decided to see if I could first find the answer on my own.

    Small, small world!

    Otto Heinigke (1850-1915) was commissioned in 1905 to design that window by Pulitzer himself. Heinigke is just one of the many important American stained glass artists of that period whose work fills the Nave of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri. Our one surviving window dates to 1901, but we originally had three other large windows designed by Heinigke in 1895 and 1896. We also had two stained glass inserts, (small figures of stained glass placed in the middle of a window of otherwise plain glass,) which Heinigke designed in 1910. Unfortunately, all those windows were destroyed in the fire that occurred in the East end of the Nave in March of 1929.

    Heinigke's art glass windows filled the homes of the important members of New York Society: Whitney, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Gould, Morgan, Guggenheim, Marshall Field, and Carnegie all had windows designed by Otto Heinigke. (Evidently, they weren't interested in having the son of their jeweler, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), decorate their homes!) Heinigke and his partner, Owen J. Bowen (1866-1902), also designed windows for the New York Stock Exchange, the New York Yacht Club, the Library of Congress, and Carnegie Hall. The man who has been my mentor on the book I've worked on for the last seven years, Albert M. Tannler of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, is the one who discovered that the stained glass windows in Carnegie Hall had been designed by Heinigke and Bowen.

    When Otto died in 1915, his son, Otto Weir Heinigke (1879-1968), carried on until he sold the stained glass firm in 1957.

    Both men are still highly regarded today in the stained glass community in America.

    Here is a link to the article on Pulitzer commissioning the stained glass window from Heinigke:

    http://magazine.columbia.edu/college-walk/spring-2012/window-world

    I hope you enjoy reading it.

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  2. u might ve penis in glases boy! u see penis EVERYWHERE! hugs from buenos aires

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