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They will be, in other words, provincial cities with many of the information resources of massive, melting-pot metropolises. If such places suffer from a "crisis in language," one way to fill the linguistic vacuum might be to use the noun Albuquerque as their metaphor.
As the state's official magazine, New Mexico, proclaims in its popular humor column "One of Our Fifty Is Missing," for Mr. Stern, as well as for much of the nation, New Mexico simply doesn't exist. And Albuquerque, of course, is the Gotham of that national nevernever land. What does it mean to a nation's identity when a cultural and architectural tradition as rich as New Mexico's has been treated as if it has no value? For one thing, it means that national culture is unable to incorporate into itself the full diversity of its marginal localities and subcultures.
The university gave Albuquerque an intellectual life, attracted scholars from around the world, and generally transformed a city at the end of the world into a creative frontiera place hospitable to artists, musicians, writers, and thinkers, a hideout for those wishing to pursue the life of the mind. From 1906 to 1909, UNM itself was the focus of a transformation. Through the visionary imagination of UNM President William Tight and architect E. B. Cristy, the UNM campus became a symbol of New Mexico regionalism.
A city at the end of the world by Vincent Barrett Price