#323 Jalalabad on the
All that’s missing is the sheep.
It’s a bizarre bazaar. A movie set of itself. But not itself anymore. Or was it ever itself?
Maybe a long time ago.
They have bicycle taxis now. Maybe it should be
Paisley decorations on the yellow cab hoods and roofs. Silly looking. But at least you can use your American Express Card for your ride now. This is a big improvement.
Dirtier than ever. Does
The Projects, the most depressing buildings ever built, are worse. The traffic, never any good, is worse. The people? Who are these people.
It never was the melting pot it was cracked up to be. There still are people from all over walking the streets. Like Jalalabad. Like
But what? Spirit? Energy? A sense of self? A sense of purpose? What?
There are a few key vestiges left. There’s the guy puffing away, right under the “No Smoking” sign. And there are plenty of strangers who willingly inset themselves into your conversation… and strangers willing to have you do the same.
And the streets are like Jalalabad, except the mobbed up paving is better.
Who would live in this place who didn’t have to? It’s hard to imagine, asking that question. But after just under two years away from it, it’s harder to imagine than it is to do.
There are lustrous aspects that in fairness to
There’s still the dirt, but not the grit. It seems a city in a grey fog.
Now, the question: is the fog really there? Or is that, too, imagination.
They built the
The depression left by the bombing of the
Hey, wait. Maybe things haven’t changed all that much.
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CLARIFICATION: In Wessay #321, “Fiorello,” the world “fusion” is used in its generic sense, which is similar to, but not synonymous with the word as applied by political scientists, who ascribe it to any number of combinations of nominally $opposing viewpoints working together for one particular purpose. The Republican Party of Ohio, for example, called itself the “Fusionist” Party, before changing its name to Republican.
As professor Gerald Meyer, Coordinator, Social Sciences,
(LaGuardia) ran for mayor in 1933 on two ballot lines, Republican and Fusion Party (a type of good-government party).
What is forgotten, however, is that after the American Labor Party was formed in 1936, La Guardia hastened to register in it, and he remained a registered member of the A.L.P. until he died in 1947. The A.L.P. provided almost 36 percent of his vote in 1937, when he ran for his second term, and 27 percent of his vote in 1941, when he ran for his third term.
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