How do we come to kw a place, and in seeking to kw it do we make it foreign from ourselves? Do we tackle it from other perspectives--the excavator, the traveler, the observant witness? Can we kw a place without the blur of our identity, or does the attempt to extricate ourselves from the external lead only deeper? Brian Lenn seeks such kwledge in this rare and revolutionary work that blends poetry with narrative, ethgraphy with autobiography, and philosophy with literature. City: An Essay begins and ends with meditations on place, the first an unusual and intriguing excavation of the underground depths and history of New York City and the conclusion a travelogue of Italy that reads like snapshots. But place comes to reside somewhere within the landscape of the imagination.Though classified as creative nfiction, City is an open genre piece that reads with the rhythm and beauty of poetry. Despite its sometimes philosophical core, occasionally pausing to ponder Kierkegaardian dilemmas, it maintains linguistic grace and self-reflexivity. City is a unique and unmatched experimental work by an emerging and sophisticated writer who is paving exciting new aesthetic and theoretical roads.
Brian Lennon was born in 1971 in New York City and educated at Wesleyan University, the University of Iowa, and Columbia University, where he is a doctoral candidate in English and comparative literature.