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My aunt and uncle’s old house in Taos, New Mexico, came with its own creation myth. The story as passed down tells of an Anglo seeker, drawn to this spiritually rich edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, who bought some land up against the national forest on the side of a ridge outside of town and began to build, as the locals do, in adobe brick. The first day he built a wall; by the next morning it had collapsed.
New Left Review 41, September-October 2006 On the rim of the war zone, a new Mecca of conspicuous consumption and economic crime, under the iron rule of Sheikh al-Maktoum. Skyscrapers half a mile high, artificial archipelagoes, fantasy theme parks—and the indentured Asian labour force that sustains them. ‘As your jet starts its descent, you are glued to your window. The scene below is astonishing: a 24-square-mile archipelago of coral-coloured islands in the shape of an almost-finished puzzle of the world. In the shallow green waters between continents, the sunken shapes of the Pyramids of Giza and the Roman Colosseum are clearly visible.
An introduction to the music scene which flourished in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore in 1964-1969