Category Archives: urban alienation

This infernal machine

The motor car, writes Dalrymple,

has come completely to dominate urban life so that, for example, front gardens have been asphalted over completely to accommodate it, thereby destroying all pride in the buildings behind, which have been allowed to decay because they are no longer worth preserving. Roads that were once pleasant, leafy, airy, and spacious are now cramped and crowded and littered with multicoloured machinery.


Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 20.00.55How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree? How ya gonna keep ’em away from harm?

Dalrymple on the modern city:

  • constant stimulation
  • kaleidoscopic or hallucinatory variety
  • energy
  • pullulation
  • a never-sleeping quality
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • superficial contact among people
  • unrootedness
  • universal impermanence
  • mutual incomprehension
  • enclosure in mental and social ghettos
  • paranoia as a way of life
  • egotism
  • solipsism

O rus, quando ego te aspiciam? (Hor.)