“The graceful, incisive writing lifts ‘The Beast’ from being merely an impressive feat of reportage into the realm of literature. Mr. Martínez has produced something that is an honorable successor to enduring works like George Orwell’s ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ or Jacob Riis’s ‘How the Other Half Lives.’” – New York Times
Bradley L. Garrett is a writer, photographer and researcher at the University of Oxford. After...
From scaling the very highest rooftops to political scandal through the eyes of Alexander Cockburn, we bring you our seasonal highlights for 2013.
THE CITY / URBAN EXPLORATION
Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City
Bradley L. Garrett
"Garrett perceives the city like no one else I know. Seen through his eyes, it is newly porous, full of “vanishing points”, “imperfect joinings” and portals – service hatches, padlocked doorways – that you wouldn't usually notice... The city's accessible space extends far down into the earth (sewers, bunkers, tunnels) and far up into the air (skyscrapers, cranes), with the street level only serving as a median altitude." – Robert Macfarlane, Guardian
"[Combines] erudite references (Montesquieu, Walter Benjamin) with compelling photographs of men in hoodies in strange places." – Rowan Moore, The Observer Architecture Books of the Year
Patrick Keiller’s The View from the Train, a book full of insights about urban and rural space in Britain as well as Keiller’s own film practice, has been praised in a number of recent reviews. The book made both the Financial Times and the Observer’s list of Books of the Year for 2013. According to the Financial Times, ‘Keiller is Britain’s most observant and provocative film-maker around the subject of cities and the landscape’. His essay collection is ‘wonderful’. The Observer had similar praise for The View from the Train, which it describes as ‘perceptive, educated, un-obvious musings on place and inhabitation’.
Urban exploration can be read as a reactionary practice working to take place back from exclusionary private and government forces, to redemocratise spaces urban inhabitants have lost control over.
Readers interested in learning more about Allen’s work are encouraged to look at the in-depth treatment in “The Developing Conjuncture and Some Insights from Hubert Harrison and Theodore W. Allen on the Centrality of the Fight Against White Supremacy” (Cultural Logic, 2010) available at JeffreyBPerry.net (top left). For those interested in Allen’s two-volume “classic” The Invention of the White Race (Verso Books, 1994, 1997; 2012) see Vol. 1: Racial Oppression and Social Control and Vol. 2: The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America and see Allen’s online “Summary of the Argument of The Invention of the White Race” (in two parts).
What is the difference between this book and “Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine”by the same authors, published by Pantheon in June 2013?