Tim Davis

on Michael Mergen

An excerpt from "Voting for Michael Mergen"

Mergen’s photographs remind us how unsacred revelation can be. Dante sees Beatrice at a neighbor’s May Day party and never forgets. Thomas Merton: “In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers… There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”