A Book is An Elegant Technique

I've seen mention of Rebecca Solnit's Infinite City before, but I just chanced to run across Don Mitchell's review of her book for H-Urban. He quotes a lovely passage from her opening essay:
A book is an elegant technique for folding a lot of surface area into a compact, convenient volume; a library is likewise a compounding of such volumes, a temple of compression of many worlds.  A city itself strikes me at times as a sort of library, folding many phenomena into one dense space ... a folding together of cosmologies and riches and poverties and possibilities....  A city is many worlds in the same place.  Or many maps of the same place.
From books to libraries to cities - the ways we might move from words on a page to words on walls.
"Don't Spy On Me", Istanbul, Summer 2010


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