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it do the city in different voices,
This review is from: Restless Cities (Paperback)
Like "London: City of Disappearances" before it and "Towards Re-Enchantment" since, "Restless Cities" plays out the notion that a place, here specifically the city or cities, is a text, a series of signs and symbols constantly being narrated, edited and revised. With its different approaches and voices, its many habits within a habitat, the book conveys the various layers of city living. Presided over by Debord, Lefebvre and Benjamin to name just a few, "Restless Cities" suggests convincing heroes of modernity to compare with the flaneur: the convalescent for example; the daydreamer; the lodger. Perhaps the city's underside is missing somtimes. Most surprisingly, a piece on 'Zigzagging' in Washington makes no reference to the city's 2002 snipings, during which it was advised to walk in a particular fashion. The book, though, is mostly feverish like the city, at once familiar and unfamiliar. Chris Petit's chapter 'Bombing', Iain Sinclair's 'Sickening', Iain Borden's 'Driving' and Patrick Keiller's 'Imaging' warrant particular mention. "Restless Cities" is a book representative of an increasingly urban world.