Manhattan Project: Friends of William Blake

THE MAP, AS THE SAYING GOES, IS not the territory, yet experience suggests that some maps express their respective territories more vividly than others. As this issue of Artforum went to press, summer in New York City was edging toward its extravagant culmination—the 2004 Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden, from August 30 through September 2. Although vague warnings about possible terrorist attacks seemed to have little effect on a citizenry hardened to hometown catastrophe in the wake of 9/11, there was nevertheless a creeping anxiety—mostly over the consequences that various closings and reroutings (not to mention the potentially combustible mixture produced by descending hordes of delegates and demonstrators) might have for Manhattan’s already overburdened urban grid. Yet even as many local residents strategized escapes to avoid the predicted tumult, others were

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