In this special edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we discuss the Italian classic novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. The ancient emperor, Kublai Khan is so busy running the empire that he needs merchants to describe his vast empire, the great explorer Marco Polo is the only one whose imaginative descriptions of the cities of the empire help Khan learn about his dominion. Framed between the conversation between the two are Polo’s fantastical descriptions of the cities he visits – fables to discuss ideas from linguistics to urban theory. This short novel has become a favorite to use in courses here at the Price School of Public Policy … let’s find out why.
Next month . . .
We’ll look at self-reinforcement of disparity, with a look at the locked-in nature of racism in Daria Roithmayr’s Reproducing Racism.
Lisa and David read from the following cities:
Perinthia (Cities & the Sky)
Andria (Cities & the Sky)
Sophronia (Thin Cities)
Trude (Continuous Cities)
Ersilia (Trading Cities)
Tamara (Cites & Signs)
Hypatia (Cities & Signs)
Zora (Cities & Memory)
Some inspired images
Manuel Castells – USC Research Associate Professor of Communication
The Network Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective – July 30, 2005
by Manuel Castells (Editor)
The prevalence of harmful content on outdoor advertising in Los Angeles: land use, community characteristics, and the spatial inequality of a public health nuisance
by Lowery, Bryce C; Sloane, David C
American journal of public health, 04/2014, Volume 104, Issue 4
Social constuction of the experience economy: The spatial ecology of outdoor advertising in Los Angeles
Lowery, Bryce C.View Profile. University of Southern California, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2014. 3628234.
The Past is a Foreign Country by David Lowenthal
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This podcast was produced by Jonathan Schwartz and Aubrey Hicks.