To Wound the Autumnal City…

Moonrise over the ruins of a skyscraper in Changhua City
Moonrise over the ruins of a skyscraper in Changhua City.

Yesterday I was walking over to the train station in Changhua City 彰化市 when I looked up and saw the moon rising over the ruins of the Qiáoyǒu Building 喬友大廈, a ruined entertainment complex I have previously written about but not yet explored. Something about the scene instantly reminded me of Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, an enigmatic tome I lifted from the shelves of my high school’s library when I was no more than 16. I suppose if I had to trace the history of my interest in abandoned places back to the source it would invariably lead to—or at least pass through—the ruined city of Bellona.