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Elena Jackson Albarran
Professor of Latin American Studies, Miami University of Ohio ~ Class of 1998

Posted April 09, 2010

"The Metro: A Voyage to the End of the Squeeze"
by Carlos Monsivaís

While one cannot claim that what feeds ten people will also feed eleven, one can assert that where a thousand fit, ten thousand will be crammed, for space is more fertile than food. In all the world, there is nothing so flexible as space; there’s always room for one more, and another and another, and in the metro, human density is not a sign of the struggle for life, but of the opposite. In the metro, the laws of molecular structure lose their universal validity, bodies merge like spiritual essences, and transcorporeal graftings are commonplace."

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