The City as Phantasm

On April 29, Cabinet Magazine in NYC hosted a conversation among Dominic Pettman and I (punctuated and elevated by gorgeous films created by Merritt Symes) about our respective books, each inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. (Dominic’s beautiful book was recently published, and mine is in progress and should be out soon.) Better put, it really wasn’t a conversation between us, but between those books: we wove our writing together into a third beautiful monstrous work, and then we performed it. It was among the most inspiring evenings I’ve ever had the good fortune to be part of, and you can find the audio of the event here.

Merritt’s beautiful films can be found, in the order in which they appear on the recording, at the following links:


Ballad for Boredom in Times of Rain


The Books – Tokyo