Urban Underworlds

| April 1, 2011

20110401-051937.jpgFrom a book I’m reviewing:

The definitional “nowhere” of Utopia was inverted in Harlem into a dystopian reality of lost souls. Harlem was “a ruin,” Ellison went on to admit, and it was the city’s “bowels.”

—Thomas Heise, Urban Underworlds

Is this not the shared common ground of progressives and conservatives? But it is also witness to the shared affinity of Utopias and Dystopias, their quick ambivalence by virtue of being “nowhere” together…

Chris Moffett, Harlem, 2011