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NEW YORK SEEN THROUGH THE BODY: SUBLIMATED DADA New York!

NEW YORK SEEN THROUGH THE BODY: SUBLIMATED DADA New York!

New York! I should like to inhabit you! I see there science married to industry, In an audacious modernity, And in the Palaces, Globes, Dazzling to the retina By their ultra-violet rays; The American telephone, And the Softness/ Of elevators . . . – Arthur Cravan, 1912 The entire island [of Manhattan] will be honeycombed by swiftly running [subways]. . . . The ?rst day I [went down to the subway] it would not have been a dif?cult task to send me ?ying upstairs again. I wasn’t exactly frightened, rather nervous. The hustling crowd on the platform didn’t give me much chance for re?ection, and I entered the ?rst train that I was shoved into-the magnetism of the mob, as [Gustave] Le Bon would say. . . .

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