We all know the categorical strengths of varied towns, are conscious of their rating, may be able to speak about their density and development. yet what do all towns have in universal, what can we find out about their “lowest universal denominator”?
The “city as a species”, the “primal genetic fabric of the city”: this is often the topic of A Quantum City. This gigantic paintings is a love letter to town and highbrow tradition.
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As a republic Florence long had thrived And lately lifted from Piero the gown Of a de-facto ruler that derived From centuries of influence and might On which his clan, the Medici, survived. Now ousted and in exile out of sight, Piero lo Sfortunato was he called; But there was one man who from Piero’s plight Took inspiration and in secret scrawled Down everything he heard said, or saw done And later wrote a work that both appalled And thrilled in equal measure anyone Who read it, because here was put in print Advice on power, and how power’s won Not by divine authority or dint Of moral rectitude, or even force, But by the devilishly cunning glint Of dry intelligence and a divorce From sentimental values, bad or good, ORLANDO IN THE CITIES Orlando in Florence And cold manoeuvring without remorse Against whomever in the way of power stood.
And why so stealthily Do you your presence here with us commence? ” And like a friend of many years who had Been absent and now happily returned, He introduced me, saying: “We are glad 41 42 Orlando in Florence ORLANDO IN THE CITIES To have Orlando who has lately learned Of our city and who comes to seek The very truth for which our own hearts burned. ” It was not long before I was installed As an assistant, model, help and friend At this da Vinci’s, Leonardo called, And by and by I tried to comprehend How one mind of such genius as his Can every thing he wants his passion lend.
RAINER MARIA RILKE Letters to a Young Poet 1903 58 Famous Travelers 147 ← On Grattan bridge Lenehan and M’Coy, taking leave of each other, watched the carriages go by. Passing by Roger Greene’s office and Dollard’s big red printinghouse Gerty MacDowell, carrying the Catesby’s cork lino letters for her father who was laid up, knew by the style it was the lord and lady lieutenant but she couldn’t see what Her Excellency had on because the tram and Spring’s big yellow furniture van had to stop in front of her on account of its being the lord lieutenant.
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