Magazine article World Literature Today

Urbanity

Magazine article World Literature Today

Urbanity

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Urbanity

from the prologue of There, There

URBAN INDIANS WERE the generation born in the city. We've been moving for a long time, but the land moves with you like memory. An urban Indian belongs to the city, and cities belong to the Earth. Everything here is formed in relation to every other living and non-living thing from the Earth. All our relations. The process that brings anything to its current form, chemical, synthetic, technological or otherwise, doesn't make the product not a product of the living Earth. Buildings, freeways, cars, are these not of the Earth? Were they shipped in from Mars, the moon? Is it because they're processed, manufactured, or that we handle them? Are we so different? Were we at one time not something else entirely? Homo sapiens, single-celled organisms, space dust, unidentifiable pre-bang quantum theory? Cities form in the same way as galaxies. Urban Indians feel at home walking in the shadow of a downtown building. …

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