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This City of Islands. The name appealed to me for numerous reasons, the most important being the period of my life I spent living in Stockholm, Sweden, a city comprised of islands, and because the phrase suggests at both human individuality and subjectivity—all of us as islands—and the formation of communities: these islands constituting a city, a single, connected entity made up of so many separate, isolated parts.

There's something romantic in the notion that we are all alone, together.


Please check out these excellent sites by friends of This City of Islands:

Automaton Industries—fantastic site for music, film, television, and video game enthusiasts
Apartment Poetry Quarterly—clever design, remarkable poetry, and run by some talented folks
No End of Neon—home of the brilliant Dr. Adam Haley: photographer, thinker, and lecturer at Penn State
Imaginary Playmates—the fine website of Mr. Paul Alexander, friend and video game designer
Where's the Harm in Dreams Disarmed?—website for Cut City, a brilliant post-punk outfit from Sweden
It's a Trap!—phenomenal Scandinavian music journal, currently on hiatus after ten years of near-daily updates
Josh Ambrose—wonderful photography and notes