Class Notes 10/29

What juxtapositions can we find in Saul Steinberg’s “View of the World from 9th Avenue” or “View of the World from 9th Avenue”?

we see City/Not City

In the City, we see cars, people (but fewer than we might expect), buildings, water towers, windows of different shapes, parking lot, awning, signs, mailbox, highway. No trees or nature.

In the Not City: multiple countries (Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, Russia) with no detail; Jersey has its own color and border; states and cities are jumbled up and wrong details if any details–not accurate

In this piece, Steinberg argues that …

… what’s outside of NY doesn’t matter to him

… no other place could compare to NY

… what’s inside NY is more important than what’s outside

… he can juxtapose the difference in the details and importance.

By juxtaposing the details and importance between New York and the rest of the world, Steinberg argues that no other place can compare to NY, and that NY’s details matter more than anything outside of NY.

As we read and discuss Janny Scott’s “Here, Poverty And Privilege Are Neighbors; Income Gaps Are a Source Of Resentment and Guilt,” work with your classmates to answer these questions:

What kinds of juxtapositions does Scott write about?

  • building style/use
  • economic diversity: people at either extreme of the wealth/poverty spectrum
  • fascination with difference vs resentment and guilt

What kinds of data does Scott use in her article?

  • top 5th and bottom 5th of the income bracket in a given area
  • top 30 tracts with the biggest income disparity
  • census data
  • immigration data, neighborhood demographics both historical and current

Who are the experts Scott refers to, and how does she let us know their qualifications?

  • Academics
    • Andrew A. Beveridge, sociology prof at Queens College, CUNY
    • William Kornblum, sociology prof at the Graduate Center, CUNY
    • David J. Halle, (prof) sociologist at University of California at Los Angeles but living in NYC
    • Annelise Orleck (see below) (prof)  historian at Dartmouth
  • Residents (former or present) of the neighborhoods
    • Chastity Davis
    • Pablo Aviles
    • Annelise Orleck
    • Mary-Powel Thomas

What is Scott’s argument in the article?

What passages might you quote in Project #3?

What would you use those passages to argue?


As we think about Project #3 and our juxtapositions, what is your juxtaposition? what is the SO WHAT? What does it matter that you’re looking at this juxtaposition? Why does this juxtaposition matter?

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