“An extraordinary pilgrimage through the world of  neighborhoods, communities, and art in all its  forms and transfigurations by a widelytraveled,  deeply thoughtful, cosmopolitan scholar whose  ability to see significance and value in the large and  the small, the permanent and the fleeting, the far  and the near, somehow makes me think of William  Blake’s paean to the human imagination as that  which can see the world in a grain of sand, and  heaven in a flower.” –Yi-Fu Tuan, University of  Wisconsin, author of Human Goodness

“Art educator and social critic Carol Becker  challenges us with her reflections on the  constitutive  importance of place in art and in life.  Part memoir,  part meditation on political violence  and art making  in recent times, this book  transcends the narrow  boundaries of Western  global art think, showing  how writing about the  arts is more than ever deeply  implicated in multiple  histories and social struggles.”  –Andreas Huyssen,  Columbia University, author of  Present Pasts:            Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory

“For Carol Becker, traveler, there are no roads; she makes her path as she walks and takes the only road that can be taken, the ethical one. And along her extraordinary path, she creates spaces of hope and resistance. Her long journey takes us to centers of Western culture and helps us separate the culture from the spectacle and identifies the difficulties ahead. She also takes us to places with no names, inhabited by people without names. She names them, and the naming is a revelation that illuminates these dark times and questions all of our assumptions about our own cultural values. This is an extraordinarily generous and deeply challenging book that gives as much as it demands. –Alfredo Jaar, artist, architect, filmmaker, MacArthur Fellow”
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