City Poems, by Danielle Lanzet
"I still feel invisibly present, skull blown off, identifiable only by / Texan twang and bourbon breath"
Danielle Lanzet’s three poems, “The Jane Hotel,” “From Houston Street, Turn Left on Elm,” and “Café Minerva,” give a thoughtful and detailed view of an individual’s take on city life.
Welcome to Miami, Beckham, by Alexia Nader
Alexia Nader reflects on David Beckham’s attempt to bring a slice of Britain to the ‘Magic City’ of Miami.
(Image is a rendering of David Beckham’s proposed stadium in Miami. Image: Visual House)
Veiling Oakland, by Will Butler
“Somewhere between NASA mission control and Ed Harris’s production lair in ‘The Truman Show’.”
Will Butler discusses the advance of surveillance and the implication of ‘being watched’.
(Image Credit: Thomas Hawk, via Flickr)
Navigating Fear, by Michele Filgate
“Cities escape us, run away from us, woo us and dump us. Cities have a mind of their own.”
Michele Filgate explores the relationship between fear, cities (especially New York) and how we are defined through geographical locations
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“ I think in some deep way we’re all lost and maps promise to let us find ourselves… to find ourselves even in places we are not”
Documents of Our Common Ground
Rebecca Solnit talks to Anisse Gross about her culture-oriented atlases, gentrification, and nostalgia.
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Relingos by Valeria Luiselli, Tr. Christina MacSweeney
“The [empty spaces] exist as long as we keep thinking of them, imagining in them, as long as we remember them, remember ourselves there, and, above all, remember what we imagined in them.”
Valeria Luiselli’s ‘Relingos: The Cartography of Empty Spaces,’ an excerpt from Sidewalks.
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