The Metro’s review says:
Restless Cities reviewed by the Metro + Rachel Bowlby on her chapter ‘Commuting’ on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed
June 30, 2010 by versouk
Very few of the essays in this collection about today’s urban metropolises carry much visual or physical detail – about buildings, famous landmarks or, heaven forfend, tourist attractions. Instead they concentrate on the more abstract ways we negotiate the cities in which we live. Geoff Dyer’s poignantly witty piece inscribes his various periods in cities across the world with the same early-morning ritual to seek out the best doughnut in town. Michael Sheringham looks
at how writers and artists from Dickens and Victor Hugo to Italo Calvino have reimagined urban places into new states of being. David Trotter looks at the quasisinister role phone boxes have played in real and imagined visions of the city. Throughout, the urban metropolis emerges as more a state of mind than a fi xed landscape, and at the mercy of the subjectivity of those who live in it. Yet cities – as Chris Petit attests – also occupy a state of endless reinvention. From pot plants to the daily commute, this is a richly alternative guide to city living.