March 12, 2005

Imaginitive Souls

"Undoubtedly, the reason we love cities is that they set the imagination free" (Charles Simic, reviewing a book on Joseph Cornell in an old NYRB).

No. We love cities because they set the imagination off; they constrain — train — the imagination, they suggest, they anchor, they generate so many sparks of imagination. It's the vast prairies or steppes that set the imagination free — to the ruin (or discomfort) of so many "imaginative" souls...

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