By Christopher Mulvey, John Simons
This selection of essays through English and American writers makes a speciality of manhattan lifestyles from the views of a number of disciplines and existence stories. The interval coated through the essays stretches from the overdue nineteenth century to modern big apple and considers ny as a painted, photographed, musical, lyrical, fictional, political, sociological, ethnic, cartographic and cultural textual content.
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When the strike pageant was over, and when she swept Reed off with her to Europe, their relationship began in earnest. She would not sleep with him on board the ship: 'something in me adored the high clear excitement of continence, and the tension we had known together that came from our canalized vitality' (IM, III, 213). It was a pre-emptive coup, a seizure of the high ground. If he assumed that he would remain the dominant male, she had a surprise for him. The relationship was consummated in Paris.
Violet preached a doctrine of aesthetic bliss, contemplation and introspection: whatever there was to be experienced in life, it was of value principally for its inner effect. The conscious turning inwards, the self-cultivation, the deliberate search for the exquisite, makes Violet a child of the fin de siecle. Sexual Politics in New York 39 Mabel's relationship with her took on its supreme meaning when they slept together at the Shillito family's summer residence in France. Reaching out to touch Violet's breast, she heard 'a high, sweet singing' which ran from hand to breast through every cell of their bodies.
The human, ultimately, is always subordinate to a photographic image and its potential as an 'ideal text'. Even with the semi-abstract Wall Street (1915) Strand achieves a marvellously caught web of different relationships in which the human is held, literally, within a larger historical and cultural context. If we recall what Stieglitz said of his experience in the area the relationship is clear: 'From 1893 to 1895', he said, 'I often walked the streets of New York downtown, near the East River, taking my hand camera with me.
New York: City as Text by Christopher Mulvey, John Simons