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reenacting unacknowledged traumas

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Aaron Bady

on 20 March 2014

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"The sight of large masses of people hurrying down into underground chambers was perpetually strange to me, and I felt that all of the human race were rushing, pushed by a counterinstinctive death drive, into movable catacombs." (
Open City
, 7)

"...Aboveground I was with thousands of others in their solitude, but in the subway, standing close to strangers, jostling them and being jostled by them for space and breathing room, all of us reenacting unacknowledged traumas, the solitude intensified." (7)
(T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land")
"I saw a banner there upon the mist.
Circling and circling, it seemed to scorn all pause.
So it ran on, and still behind it pressed.
a never-ending rout of souls in pain.
I had not thought death had undone so many
as passed before me in that mournful train."
(Dante,
Inferno
, Canto III)
(photo by Teju Cole)
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