Restless Cities is a revelatory journey into the heart of our metropolitan world. Geoff Dyer’s chapter explores the notion ‘inhabiting’ through his obsession for a cup of coffee and a doughnut:
Nietzsche so hated what he called “enduring habits” that he was grateful even to the bouts of sickness or misfortune that caused him to break free of their chains. Unlike Nietzsche I succumb all too easily to enduring habits. I like to go back to the same few places all the time – then, as soon as I break free of the prison of routine, I am left wondering why I kept going to a place I had stopped enjoying years earlier.
In September 2004 I rented a studio apartment on 37th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues, in Manhattan. It was a very busy period for me; all sorts of things had to be sorted out with some urgency, but nothing was more urgent than the need to find a local cafe I could go to every day for my elevenses.
Given that so many conditions had to be met, this was easier said than done. First, the coffee had to be exactly as I liked it, although I would have been hard pressed to define exactly how this was. Second, the pastry had to be exactly as I liked it. By pastry I mean a croissant or doughnut – I don’t like those American staples: muffins or bagels.
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- Thursday 10 June, 7pm/ Launch at the Whitechapel Gallery
To mark the publication of Restless Cities, editors Matthew Beaumont and Gregory Dart are joined by contributors Marshall Berman, Geoff Dyer and Iain Sinclair to discuss the metropolis as a site of endless making and unmaking of identities. See here for booking and details.
The panel discussion will be followed by a series of walking tours – please see below for details.
- Tuesday 15 June, 3-5pm / UCL, Room 101, 30 Russell Square
FOOTSTEPS Roundtable discussion, on the role of footsteps in reconstructing moments in the cultural history of particular parts of cities. Speakers include Marshall Berman, Ardis Butterfield, Henderson Downing, Owen Hatherley, Victoria McNeile and Mica Nava. It is co-organised by contributors to Restless Cities, Matthew Beaumont and Esther Leslie.
- Wednesday 16 June, 5.30pm
Marshall Berman delivers the annual lecture at The Centre for Cultural Studies Research at University of East London: “Urban Ruins: City Life with Urbicide”, University of East London, West Building Ground Floor Theatre. Book your free seat by emailing Gill Perkins at email@example.com
WALKING TOURS AT THE WHITECHAPEL GALLERY
Thursday 17 June, 6.30pm, Matthew Beaumont:The Convalescent and the London Coffee House. See here for booking and details.
Thursday 24 June, 6.30pm, Gregory Dart: Daydreaming. See here for booking and details.
Saturday 26 June, 3.00pm, Mark W. Turner: Zigzagging. See here for booking and details.
Sunday 27 June, 3.00pm Esther Leslie: A Saccadic Stroll. See here for booking and details.