Jack Kerouac: cityCityCITY (284 words)

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“cityCityCITY” is a dystopic science fiction vision of a future society controlled by “Master Centre Love” and its MacCarthyite operatives, such as G-92, ruling oppressively via a regime of surveillance over a city divided into “blocks” kept deliberately separate from one another. The separation is sustained by the “No-Zone” laws, which the city's controllers are resolved to reinforce. These laws prohibit passage from any area of cityCityCITY into the “No-Zone”, cut off by an invisible and barely penetrable barrier. These constraints are designed to preserve social energy to ensure it remains centered on furthering “Master Center Love” or “MCL” (191). Barrier-strengthening is required because occasional …

Ellis, R. J.. "cityCityCITY". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 April 2007
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