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Michel Houellebecq Schnippets

“It’s true, I feel only a faint sense of solidarity with the human species …’ said Houellebecq as if he’d read Jed’s thoughts. ‘I would say that my feeling of belonging diminishes a little more each day.”

Michel Houellebecq

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Bret Easton Ellis Schnippets

“Everyone looks familiar, everyone looks the same.”

Bret Easton Ellis

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Log Lady Schnippet

“When a dark age comes, hold the light inside. That’s where it lives anyway. There are forces of darkness—and beings of darkness—and they are real and have always been around us. They’re part of the dance, just as you and I are; they’re just listening to different music.”

Mark Frost

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‘Nother Schnippet

“There is something poignant about having to use words when silence would be best.”

Ben Okri

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Yuri Herrera Schnippets

“… Or else his belongings just realized that his life was like a bus stop, useful for a moment but a place no one would stay for good.”

Yuri Herrera

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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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