Unruly Places

Yet another book on my must read one day list

On Art and Aesthetics

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

“Among the great struggles of man,” wrote Salman Rushdie in his novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999), “there is also this mighty conflict between the fantasy of Home and the fantasy of Away, the dream of roots the mirage of the journey.” It is this paradox of humankind’s desire for fixity and mobility that informs much of Alastair Bonnett’s (Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University, UK) book Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies (2014). We are a place-making and place-loving species which is driven by as much a wild desire to escape to anywhere as it is by a need to anchor itself to a certain somewhere. We love “remarkable” places. And this fascination of ours, says the author, is as old as geography itself. The evidence…

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