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More Samuel Delany: … referencing non-tectonic shifts in urban landscapes in a Borders interview. (via a recent post in Camworld, same as the previous post)

You can find clear and hard-edged socio-economic explanations for what was going on. But what it looked like to most city dwellers (even to those with an intellectual handle on economics) was a kind of malevolent, unexplainable magic, which took blocks and blocks of what should have been thriving real estate and turned them into ruins and abandoned shells.

Today, of course, as Bill Clinton sets up office space in Harlem — the most recent “event” in a series of reclamations that have been going on for a dozen years — this period of “inner city” devastation is going in reverse. But it’s partially intriguing that Dhalgren is being reissued now: It was constructed almost wholly from images of those shattered and burned-out neighborhoods in New York and throughout the nation, from those decades between 1960 and 1995.

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