The cities that I had in mind for the site of the dialogue that my novel Dhalgren represents are New York, Los Angeles, Cincinnati. I can’t think of a major American city where half the city has not been in a ruin. In fact, the term “inner city,” which at this point is an American term. Is the term for that burnt out section of your city where the general functions of urban life go on at a very depressed rate.

Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany in John Akomfrah’s The Last Angel of History (1996), 27:50.

Bryce Wilner