I was asked by the good folks at Griffith REVIEW to write a major essay for their current edition Cities On The Edge. It’s my first crack at the “writing a major essay” caper so i’d be very interested to get people’s thoughts. The essay Fluid Cities Create picks up on several of the themes in Not Quite Art and several of my own pet themes that i haven’t been given much of a chance to explore elsewhere.
What makes a city culturally dynamic? What makes a city the sort of place that people want to visit, move to and explore? What makes a city the sort of place that spits out or draws in artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers? What makes a city culturally desirable and talked about, or a hub of music, literature, media and the arts?
You can download the essay in full as PDF on the Griffith REVIEW web site or you can actually buy the current issue from good book stores everywhere if you aren’t a total tightarse.
I was invited to talk about about some of the themes raised in it on Radio National’s By Design this morning. You can read about the interview and download the audio from their web site.
Comments on the essay, the interview, the ideas or the issues most welcome.
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