New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic. San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington blink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one- trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle. St Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.Norman Kingsley Mailer: 1969 Miami and the Siege of Chicago,'The Siege of Chicago'.
Hoo-doo, which in America flowered in New Orleans, was an unorganized religion without ego-games or death worship.Ishmael Scott Reed: 1968 Yellow BackRadio BrokeDown,'V. A Jigsaw of a Last Minute Rescue'.