Posts tagged "cityporn"

Anyway, one outtake that failed to make it into the Jukebox podcast is the part where we spent five minutes talking to each other about how pretty Shakira’s hometown is.

Anyway, one outtake that failed to make it into the Jukebox podcast is the part where we spent five minutes talking to each other about how pretty Shakira’s hometown is.


In New York, where thousands of bearded hipsters scamper around Williamsburg or Brooklyn reading Kerouac and drinking whisky, a new trend in facial hair has emerged.

Rachel Clun, “’Beard transplants’ are now a thing,” The Sydney Morning Herald, February 26, 2014

So, yeah, “Williamsburg or Brooklyn” is what happens when you start thinking of real places as trendpiece shorthand.


From the air, flying over Phoenix, you notice the nothingness first of all. It resembles a tan- and cocoa-colored moon, except that there are vast splotches of green-golf courses and the other pampered land where irrigation systems have been installed. From my Geology course, I knew that everything below me had once been a shallow ocean; and at dusk, when I flew into Phoenix, the shadows on the rocks were a tropical-sea purple, and the tumbleweeds were aquamarine — so that I could actually imagine the ocean that once was there. In truth, Phoenix still resembled a shallow sea, marred by the fake greens and blues of swimming pools. Some ten or twenty miles in the distance, a jagged ridge of reddish, tea-colored mountains were here and there capped with waxy deposits of limestone — to a New Englander, they looked like dirty snow. But it was far too hot for snow.

Although, at dusk, the sun had lost its intensity, the dry heat shimmered above the tarmac; despite a breeze, the heat persisted with furnacelike generation. After the heat, I noticed the palm trees — all the beautiful, towering palm trees.
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989)

Jeff Weiss:

If there’s a communion, it’s through their shared fascination of a city under siege, being destroyed via natural or man-made means. Lamar raps his verse about driving past burger stands where people got their brains blown out. One of his early memories was the chaos of L.A.’s 1992 riots, so he intuitively grasps what Joan Didion and Nathanael West understood: Los Angeles’ deepest image of itself is the city burning. Imagine Dragons’ vision belongs to Vegas — the city as phosphorescent tumor — a place that could recede into the Mohave with a random pull of the wrong lever.


Lorde, “Tennis Court”:

Pretty soon I’ll be getting on my first plane: I’ll see the veins of my city like they do in space.

Lorde, “Tennis Court”:

Pretty soon I’ll be getting on my first plane:
I’ll see the veins of my city like they do in space.


Animated city porn.

Animated city porn.


Even more than Silicon Valley, Miami embodies the central technological myth of our time – that nature can not only be tamed but made irrelevant. Miami was a mosquito-and-crocodile-filled swampland for thousands of years, virtually uninhabited until the late 1800s. Then developers arrived, canals were dug, swamps were drained, and a city emerged that was unlike any other place on the planet, an edge-of-the-world, air-conditioned dreamland of sunshine and beaches and drugs and money; Jan Nijman, the former director of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Miami, called 20th-century Miami “a citadel of fantastical consumption.” Floods would come and go and hurricanes might blow through, but the city would survive, if only because no one could imagine a force more powerful than human ingenuity. That defiance of nature – the sense that the rules don’t apply here – gave the city its great energy. But it is also what will cause its demise.
Jeff Goodell, “Goodbye, Miami,” Rolling Stone, June 20, 2013

ጎንደር [Gondar], Ethiopia

ጎንደር [Gondar], Ethiopia

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Oct 26

It’s like someone thought, “you know, the pop charts are great, but what if there was like, a Hot 100, only for cities?” 
And they made it.
And it was good.
(I’ve been to ten of these. I expect that’s low compared to many of you.)

It’s like someone thought, “you know, the pop charts are great, but what if there was like, a Hot 100, only for cities?”

And they made it.

And it was good.

(I’ve been to ten of these. I expect that’s low compared to many of you.)


I totally solved the View From Your Window contest at Andrew Sullivan’s blog this week, so I’m feeling like a boss right now. Even though it was hella easy.

I totally solved the View From Your Window contest at Andrew Sullivan’s blog this week, so I’m feeling like a boss right now. Even though it was hella easy.

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Sep 15


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