Jerz: Media Aesthetics

15 March 2005

Urban Aesthetics and Power

For contrast, we'll start with two short chapters from Henry David Thoreau, Walden: "Sounds" and "Solitude"

A short poem and a painting inspired by it. A classic multimedia pairing of modernism. Williams, "The Great Figure" & Demuth, "The Figure 5 in Gold"
(See also Commentary on Williams & Demuth)

McNeill, ''Skyscraper geography''

A full-length academic article on skyscrapers:

McNeill, Donald. "Skyscraper geography." Progress in Human Geography 29.1 (2005): 15p. Reeves Library, Seton Hill U. 13 Mar 2005.

Brooklyn Bridge & WTC

Another short urban poem: Hart Crane, "To Brooklyn Bridge" (1930)

A collection of quotations and links, which I compiled out of a compulsion to do something -- anything -- to respond to the 9/11 terror attacks.
Jerz, Dennis G. "World Trade Center: Literary and Cultural Reflections." 11 Sep 2001. U of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; Seton Hill U. 12 Mar 2005. <>.