story: “Angel in the Architecture”
author: Zoe Young
where: Abu Dhabi, last day of Eid holiday
note: From McSweeney’s 53 (the celebration issue, complete with balloons!); apparently American composer Frank Ticheli wrote a score by the same name (with a plural).
a line: “’It was built by Octavin and Marcus Agrippa’–meaningless–“after the battle of Actium”–meaningless–“when they defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra.’”
theme(s): Tourism; faith; good and evil