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I’ll tell you what I do want. I want someone who will be monogamous, and nice to his mother. And I want someone who likes musicals but knows to just shut his mouth when I’m watching Lost. And I want someone who thinks being really into cars is lame and strip clubs are gross. I want someone who will actually empty the dishwasher instead of just taking forks out as needed, like I do. I want someone with clean hands and feet and beefy forearms like a damn Disney prince. And I want him to genuinely like me, even when I’m old. And that’s what I want.
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Eric Fischl, What Stands Between The Artist And… , 1994
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum:

Eric Fischl’s images of nudes have a voyeuristic quality that leaves viewers feeling like accomplices in an unpredictable situation. We see things we should not, and yet we often don’t truly understand what it is we have stumbled upon. Here, the viewer stands as the artist would at his easel, peering at a nude model beyond a palette and brushes. On the glassy surface of the palette are all of the colors in the room beyond, reminding us that this is a fictional scene.
Fischl painted a violent contrast between the rich, dark surfaces of the leather sofa and the woman’s white flesh. The figure sprawls as though she has been thrown to the ground, and her hands are clenched, as if she had fought against someone. But there are not enough particulars to explain what has happened, and the act of trying to understand makes us linger too long, as though at the scene of a crime.
Fischl once said that “America’s not Disneyland and we can’t deny it any longer. Things smell, things have edges, people can get hurt.” Standing before this painting puts us in the position not only of failing to understand but of considering possibilities we are not supposed to entertain.

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Eric Fischl, What Stands Between The Artist And… , 1994

From the Smithsonian American Art Museum:

Eric Fischl’s images of nudes have a voyeuristic quality that leaves viewers feeling like accomplices in an unpredictable situation. We see things we should not, and yet we often don’t truly understand what it is we have stumbled upon. Here, the viewer stands as the artist would at his easel, peering at a nude model beyond a palette and brushes. On the glassy surface of the palette are all of the colors in the room beyond, reminding us that this is a fictional scene.

Fischl painted a violent contrast between the rich, dark surfaces of the leather sofa and the woman’s white flesh. The figure sprawls as though she has been thrown to the ground, and her hands are clenched, as if she had fought against someone. But there are not enough particulars to explain what has happened, and the act of trying to understand makes us linger too long, as though at the scene of a crime.

Fischl once said that “America’s not Disneyland and we can’t deny it any longer. Things smell, things have edges, people can get hurt.” Standing before this painting puts us in the position not only of failing to understand but of considering possibilities we are not supposed to entertain.

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Qian Hongyan was just four when she lost both her legs. A speeding trucker left her for dead as she crossed the main road in her village of Zhuangshang in southern China. 

For nearly two years Qian was immobile as she didn’t even have enough of her body left to sit up in a wheelchair. Doctors said her only hope of being able to move by herself again would be extensive surgery to allow her to be fitted with prosthetic limbs.Her parents couldn’t afford this treatment. 

Qian’s granddad Yuan came up with a simple but effective treatment to get her moving again. He took a basketball the village boys had discarded and cut a hole just big enough for tiny Qian to fit into, padded the inside with stiff floor mats from his car, then propped her up inside. All of a sudden Qian was able to stabilize herself and was able to by move herself by rolling the ball in any direction she wanted. She supported herself using wooden handles. 

From that day on Qian would not be stopped by any obstacle. She went back to school, started to play with her friends again, and started to get back the life of any girl her age. She began professional swimming training in 2007 and defied the odds of her double amputation to become one of the first members of the Yunnan Youth Swimming Club.

She won three gold medals in last year’s Yunnan Para Games and took a gold and two silver medals at the National Swimming Championship for the Disabled (Under 18) in 2009 before continuing impressively at this year’s Para Games.

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I should have added this in the original post but after attention in the Chinese press, Qian traveled to Beijing to receive free artificial limbs at the China Rehabilitation Research Center, a center that has been providing help to the disabled in China for over 20 years. At 18 years old she is ready for her full adult prosthetics. 

This is so important.

Tears.