October 07, 2009

something turtleneck-shaped

Ben Hammersley meanders around something idea-shaped regarding cities and living in them, and “the cushioning effect of history upon reference upon metaphor upon inter-mixed system.” And in the process he stumbles out a line that will stick with me for a long time.

You don’t need to be Umberto Eco to riff off it for hours: it’s turtlenecks all the way down.

OK, probably not exactly the bit of the piece that he wanted to have stick, but still, so good.