Category: Street Modernism

1. Stepping to the music I hear

The idea is to make logic out of scattered cultural phenomenon. There are many influences, and there’s no reason to feel anxious about any of them: I’m processing new knowledges and changing nature.

I’ll start here.

For street ambulations and serendipitous modernist citations: Andre Breton’s Nadja and Mad Love, though very recently Valeria Luiselli’s Sidewalks, for the way she reorients cosmopolitan melancholy, thinking through books in public spaces like gardens, cemeteries, airplanes, and freeway overpasses. There’s also Walter Benjamin’s One-Way Street and Arcades Project; to a large extent, for their collage impulse and experimentation with text and narrative genres, like fragments, aphorisms, and quotes. Joseph Joubert’s Notebooks delight me in this way, too. Single sentences are elegant whole diary entries where the episodic and allegoric take precedent.

 I now cite two of my favorite blogs: Theresa Duncan’s The Wit of the Staircase and Rafa Saavedra’s Crossfader Network (may they both rest in peace).

Theresa Duncan’s Wit collects quotes and images from celebrity gossip and fiction to substantiate her poetic ruminations on culture and mass media. Rafa Saavedra’s Crossfader contextualizes moments in the Tijuana underground scene, incorporating conceptualist photography, radio programs, VJ sets, interviews, documentaries, and magazine citations.

Thus I go, stepping to the music I hear, close and far away.