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‘The Age of Magic’ Schnippets

Does that mean there is no authentic self? Are we made of habits, compressed by time, like layered rocks?

Ben Okri

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The Invisible Cities Of Edinburgh

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This study is concerned with examining the evolution of status areas in the context of Edinburgh. Status areas were defined in three period analyses in 1855, 1914 and 1962…

(Gordon, 1971, vol.1:(i))

Only the second volume of this thesis was able to be scanned at this time, and so the many maps, charts, and illustrations it contained were all discovered without the context of the main volume, and as it turned out the first volume didn’t hold as much interest: despite the methodology employed, and for all the work that had been bled into it, it was one of those that only sought to confirm what was already obvious. But even 50 years on, each of the maps, charts, and illustrations offer snapshots that remain so much more evocative than that…

Invisible Cities (Calvino, 1972/1974) also examines how cities change, and how they must continue to change lest they become a dead city, like Troy or a city being reduced to a facade and dying, like Venice. Each of the snapshots below, shows a very different city with different characters and different purposes, of different smells and appearances, and very different populations: “cities of delight and desire, cities tinged with regrets, vibrant cities, failing cities, seemingly impossible cities that defy logic and time” (Yuen, 2015) and each pretending to the same name and approximate location of ‘Edinburgh’. more »

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Circular Logic Schnippet

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation”

Oscar Wilde

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Kingdom Cons Schnippets

“Life is a matter of time and hardship. There is a God who says deal with it, cause this is the way it is.”

Yuri Herrera

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Re-Re-Visiting Schnippit

It’s been a while but, since I’ve been time-travellin’ anyhow, it seemed the obvious place to stop off…


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Lost And Found Schnippet

“I am beyond Left and Right, as I am Good and Evil.”

Gabriele d’Annunzio more »

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Self-Herding Schnippets

What Orwell didn’t get was what Aldous Huxley did get (as Neil Postman long ago pointed out). This was that the real danger to freedom was and is that not enough people will care about it, because they have come to love their own servitude, and mistake that servitude for sovereignty. “Nobody tells me what to do with my own body,” they declare, while allowing all kinds of people to do all sorts of awful things with their minds. Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. …In 1984…people are controlled by inflicting pain. In [Huxley’s] Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.”

Peter Hitchens more »

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