I traveled several times to Brazil during the early 2000s and made good friends in Sâo Paulo. Continue reading
After visiting Milan, I went to see a friend Dave Stein in Vienna Continue reading
One night I went to a party in an artist’s apartment in Pilsen. It was a little basement apartment crowded with people and the guy’s paintings. A belly dancer came from behind curtains. Stepping onto a little carpet, she went into a slow, strange gyrating dance. I liked it so much I wrote an article about the dancer.
I received a journalism fellowship in ’04 to traverse Europe’s farm markets, but I couldn’t break away til the fall of ’06. I saw cows, goats and pigs in five countries and talked to farmers who leave their wild boars to eat acorns in the forest. I learned about chestnuts in Italy. I produced little journalism from it but wrote this little essay.
Planners are now devoted to building up little cities around rail stations, and if it can be done in metro Dallas it can be done anywhere. The movement toward station density was just getting started there when I wrote Suburbia Revisited.