If I was Da Vinci’s Friend

02022-07-06 | Writing | 2 comments

Leonardo sent one of his assistants over to invite me to his workshop this afternoon. I was torn about going. It is always exciting, electrifying even, to see what he is working on, but it is also soul-destroying. I mean, he makes everyone else look positively lazy and stupid. Being around Leo can be a real bummer. In the excitement about his next great idea he tends to forget that while he has a hundred ideas, mere mortals are lucky to have one.
Last time I went to see him I returned home and didn’t get out of bed for three days. Depressing. And yet, I feel compelled to go. What will it be? I am so curious! Is it a painting, a sculpture, a war machine, a flying machine, or the design for a bridge? Damn you, Leo.

PS: Not sure where this came from. I was walking somewhere and those words popped into my head.

PPS: Proposed bridge would have been the world’s longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.


  1. Lisi-Tana

    Love this.

    He’d be the friend one doesn’t mind hating – just a tiny bit.

    And of course, our *one* good idea would be impacted by what he does!

  2. Doc



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