Noise

Adrian de León
6 min readJan 7, 2023

In modern society, our cities are composed of skyscrapers, blinding lights, hidden coves of dirt and rubbish, and waves of individuals morphing into a faceless mob. The borders of these cities are made of intersubjective understandings and metaphorical lines in the sand. You enter and leave a city not through material borders but through metaphysical reckoning. The line is crossed when you go from the ‘us’ to the ‘them’. The existence of urbanites is pegged to the existence of the provincial, and vice-versa. This is what goes through my mind whenever I leave London. Whether I head to a suburb or the countryside, I sense my being crossing this…

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