March 16th, 2002

benpeek

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noise: 'i woke up in a strange place' the keys clacking 'and i remember words you told me' the fan turning spinning blowing air fizzle of pepsi 'love came calling as a counterfeit mistress' jeff buckley download the hard drive turning barely the road and cars upon it shunts of air don't you know with 'and i emptied my cuts on his brand new stereo' leaves rustling birds dog barks 'i never want to see her face in the mirror again' guitar in the music, fingers over the chords 'i woke up in a strange place music so loud' cough from the typist chewing as he eats the flutter of plastic postit notes rattling more guitar no voice wait 'sweat pours down i am in the back seat sleeping' plus more can't ever keep up with the words poster flutters pepsi flutters dog barks birds spin dust settles but i can't heard this paper flaps 'this is a song for the dislocated' toenail runs along skin and the endless clack of these keys crack of the neck 'steady now keep your aim solid' jeff buckley still playing slowing down now static spacebar keys paper pepsi and now buckley speaks and there noise shall stop in one final fizz rustle wrap of plastic air blown sound filled moment.
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    Radiohead - Optimistic (though before this, Jeff Buckley performed 'I Woke Up In A Strange Place'
benpeek

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been having a thought about this thing which might do to be written somewhere. why not, huh?

i've been reading Postmodern Geographies by soja, and, in it, he is talking about how previous geographical work of a social level (in relation to spatial areas) were linked to history. history would form how they were talked about, how they were discussed, they were linked to a piece of history from which the space had originated. like saying the reason the western suburbs is the western suburbs is because when the convicts and naval officers divided up the area, the convicts were strap bang onto the west side. but of course, soja is saying that this is not necessarily true, that the history of a space does not give the reasons for it in the present.

or something close to this. i'm only half way through the book. forgive any incorrectness.

but, it got me thinking: when you read books on cities, they are almost always tied to a history of the place. here is where this happened and has influenced in such and such. but often, i think, the history of a city is the present, the now, it is being defined as a place in the now. salman rushdie's Fury captures this in its descriptions of new york, i believe.

the only problem with that? well, in rushdie's case, in the representation of everything now, everything happening in that moment of the city, it becomes dated very quickly.

so, as i do not wish to do a work that draws heavily on history (i, like soja, don't think that the history of an area defines it), but rather it is defined by the present. but id on't want to date myself so quickly. a thin line to walk, i think.
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    Radiohead - Paranoid Android
benpeek

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in the phantom zone in parramatta, receipts from eftopos machines end with the words 'REST EASY CITIZEN, ALL IS WELL.'

orwellian, isn't it?
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