Most writing about new technology sounds painfully outdated within a few years. It’s hard to evoke the thrill of a new device or technique which will soon be commonplace, harder still to capture its effects on the society which anxiously welcomes it.
Modern plane travel has accustomed us to traveling vast distances in a matter of hours. This is, of course, a great convenience. But it can never match the pleasure and satisfaction earned by those dawdlers who have the time to enjoy older modes of transportation - the train, or, what our friend Neil Watson rolled from Mexico City to Oaxaca to Huatulco in, the car.
Miami is one of the great American cities. It’s a vacation destination for beach lovers, and home to a thriving Cuban-American population. Sadly, it was recently flooded by Hurricane Irma, and now may be affected by Hurricane Maria as well. In this photo essay, Neil Watson shares a few of the facets of the jewel that is Miami.
Among Italians, Milan is widely considered the ugliest city in the country. It’s true the city’s industrial history and financial present have not left the cultural riches of Florence or Rome or Naples or Venice or even quaint, clean Turin farther north or gems like Verona to the east.
Montreal offers visitors a little bit of old Europe without the trans-Atlantic flight. The vibrant cafe and restaurant scene, the French language (although Parisians might scoff). But the cobblestone streets no longer. They are now being ripped up, to be replaced by concrete. These new streets may provide surer footing. Kinder on the ankles, perhaps. But there are some places they’ll never go.
Every time I’m in Florence for Pitti Uomo, I find myself hoping that one day my passport will miraculously say Repubblica Italiana. I learn the language, eat the food and perfect the hand gestures. Yet, I remain an outsider. But an observant one. Here are some non tourist pictures of the city I'd love to call home.