Jalal Toufic: “Once I missed my bus in Istanbul only to find myself, inexplicably, in the Imaginal World (‘ālam al-mithāl/‘ālam al-khayāl). Not long after, I missed my ferry in Istanbul to find myself in the Imaginal World but instead found myself still in the earthly city—if only it were that simple to get to the Imaginal World! Some countries or cities are similar to their Imaginal World versions; some others are quite different from their Imaginal World versions; and some have no Imaginal World equivalent whatsoever! Someone who is aware that a certain film or book is not idealizing a certain city but presenting the Imaginal World corresponding to it would not be disappointed if on visiting the earthly city it proves to be far drabber, or smaller, etc., than what he saw in the film or read in the book.”
* Part of "A Video Trilogy on Cities and Their Imaginal Complements," along with "An Indefinite Visit to Hong Kong, Solaris" and "Attempt 137 to Map the Drive."