Category Archive: Cities

DETROIT: THE COMPOSITE CITY

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By Andrew Lees These days a Sunday afternoon in “The D” does not differ too much from a run-of-the-mill Monday morning. A few beaten up jalopies and corroded trucks glide Downriver on the… Continue reading

AN OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WINDOW ONTO A CITY: Jason Donald’s ‘Dalila’

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Jason Donald, Dalila (Jonathan Cape, 2017) An interview with Jason Donald By Lynnda Wardle Jason Donald’s second novel, Dalila, tells the story of a young Kenyan asylum seeker who flees her rapist uncle… Continue reading

From the ‘Fictive Nation’ to the ‘City in Short Fiction’: Reading ‘The Book of Tokyo’ After Barthes

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The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction, edited by Michael Emmerich, Jim Hinks, and Masashi Matsuie (Comma Press, 2015) by Calum Rodger The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction… Continue reading

MENDING ZEBRA CROSSING – A SHORT STORY BY HELMI BEN MERIEM

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For A.R.   “Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. . . Praying is more rewarding than sleeping.” On these words I wake up every morning. I put on my pyjamas and went to the bathroom.… Continue reading

THE SCARECROWS OF ISTANBUL – A SHORT STORY BY DEFNE ÇIZAKÇA WITH IMAGES BY OMER TEVFIK ERTEN

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For Katy   This is the street down which my grandmother remembers walking in red stilettos, under the shade of the poplar trees, and on cobblestones. They have since plucked out those trees and… Continue reading

BERLINER UNWILLE: Nicolas Hausdorf and Alexander Goller’s ‘Super Structural Berlin’

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading

A POLITICAL TOUR OF ISTANBUL: ‘The Book of Istanbul’, edited by Jim Hinks and Gül Turner

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading

IN THE NINETIES, WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG: Stuart David’s ‘In the All-Night Café’

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading

ENGELS AMONGST THE HIPSTERS: DW Gibson’s “The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century”

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This piece is part of our Life in the 21st Century City thread, an occasional series of reviews, essays and travelogues. It seeks to explore the felt reality of world cities today and the experience of… Continue reading

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