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  1. Two things come to mind. The first is a Jackson Pollock painting at the MFA in Boston. I love it. It has blue and yellow and black and I think red, and it never stops moving.
    The other is the novel “Invisible Man” by… crap, what is his name. Wait–Ralph Ellison, I think. Can’t believe I remembered. Anyway, that novel never stops in intensity or flow from the very first sentence. I think it is just about the most frenetic, scattered novel I’ve ever and enjoyed, although it’s a painful enjoyment.

  2. A painting, “The Number 5 in Gold,” by Charles Demuth, and William Carlos Williams’ tribute to that painting, “The Great Figure”:
    THE GREAT FIGURE
    Among the rain
    and lights
    I saw the figure 5
    in gold
    on a red
    firetruck
    moving
    tense
    unheeded
    to gong clangs
    siren howls
    and wheels rumbling
    through the dark city
    As for art in general, some of the best tributes to velocity can be found in the work of musicians both classical and contemporary.

  3. How about Duchamp’s ‘Nude Descending a Staircase’ or much of the work of the Italian Futurists, such as Balla’s ‘Dynamism of a Dog in Motion’?

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