Tuesday, 23 August 2011

nowhere to be measured with steel tapes

'Indeed, it is rather an odd sight, the old lady perched on top of an aluminium step-ladder, apparently gazing into nowhere, or measuring the desert with steel tapes'.

Bruce Chatwin, 'Maria Reiche: The Riddle of the Pampa', in,

WHAT AM I DOING HERE (Picador,1989), p.99.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

nowhere near the atrium

'If enough witnesses testified they saw Christie at the time of the shooting and he was nowhere near the atrium the case against him would be dismissed'.

J G Ballard, Kingdom Come. p.261

Monday, 6 June 2011

nowhere near the field of the marsh

'From this standpoint, one would expect to find that transitional beings are particularly polluting, since they are neither one thing nor another; or may be both; or neither here nor there, or may even be nowhere (in terms of any recognized cultural topography), and are at the very least "betwixt and between" all the recognized fixed points in space time of structural classification'.

Turner, V. 1986. The Forest of Symbols. Aspects of Ndumbu Ritual: Cornell University Press.
Chapter 5, Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage - p.97

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

nowhere to be immaculate

'Around me the residential streets were still silent, the suburbs of nowhere, immaculate pavilions that reminded me of the stylish tombs on the mortuary island in the Venice lagoon.'

J G Ballard, Kingdom Come. p.137.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Nowhere to think in terms of abstract space

'It is an expensive and ugly testimony to the fact that, when men think in terms of abstract space rather than real place, of single rather than multiple meanings, and of political aspirations instead of human needs, they tend to produce miles of jerry-built nowhere, infested with Volkswagens.'

Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New, (1980) p.211.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Nowhere to go but over the moon

'Christie was nowhere near the mezzanine.'

J G Ballard. Kingdom Come. p.47


Saturday, 19 March 2011

Nowhere to stop

'Thence I went, by the shortest road... towards a point which necessarily led me through Tottenham Court Road: I stopped nowhere, and walked fast; yet so it was that in Tottenham Court Road I was not overtaken by (that was comprehensible), but overtook Walking Stewart.'

de Quincey

in

Iain Sinclair, Edge of the Orison. p.106.