Spring 2004

Spring 2004: Cities And Eyes 2

'It is the mood of the beholder which gives the city of Zemrude its form. If you go by whistling, your nose a-tilt behind the whistle, you will know it from below: window sills, flapping curtains, fountains. If you walk along hanging your head, your nails dug into the palms of your hands, your gaze will be held on the ground in the gutters, the manhole covers, the fish scales, wastepaper. You cannot say that one aspect of the city is truer than the other...'
From: Cities and Eyes 2 In: 'Invisible Cities' ('La Citta invisibili'. 1972) By: Italo Calvino

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