This Wreckless Landscape

  • Eric Laurier


on some cheap land leased from a railway company they are stacked up to ten high, headlights plucked out, strands of wiring trailing. Carrion for breakers, brokers, and the drivers of bangers. There might be the odd stolen car hidden after dismantling, its undamaged parts reassembling an insurance write-off for illegal profit, creating a “ringer.” These are the road’s ruins, crumbling faster than buildings; they are the rusting record of metallic modernity, an intimate architecture of vehicle fashions. Some still wearable, others exotic, historic, nostalgic. Modern men’s discarded wardrobe. Mobile machines immobilized. An archaeological record of the just past.


Bluefin Tuna Railway Company Ambulance Crew Mobile Machine Undamaged Part 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Walter Benjamin, Origin of the German of Mourning (Ernst Rowohlt: Berlin, 1928). Reprinted in Selected Writings, volume 2 (1927–1934), ed. Marcus Bullock and Michael W. Jennings (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1983).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    D. Griffith, Automobile Assessing (MacFarland: London, 1983). All references following this citation will be from the same source.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Mikita Brottman 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Laurier

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations