Memory, anticipation and immediate experience

Tim Culvahouse on the racial geography of New Orleans @ Design Observer. Cities, being by-and-large large, rarely have well-defined fronts. Chicago has one, facing Lake Michigan. To my mind, the clearest front of Manhattan is the wall of buildings surrounding Central Park — an appropriately inward-facing front. New Orleans, however, has a decided front, the Mississippi… Read more »

The state of exile has the structure of a dream

Richard Byrne reflects on the essays and fiction of Croatian writer Dubravka Ugrešić @ The Common Review. Once upon a time there was a magical empire of letters called Central Europe. Its borders were fuzzy but recognizable. Vienna was its capital. The receding Ottoman Empire provided more of its territory. It was a place that… Read more »