From André Kertész' series, On Reading. Latin Quarter, Paris

Love at Last Sight

I called him Paul, after the hermit monk of the desert, because he lived in a neighborhood without neighbors. I had to give him a name. I couldn’t keep thinking…

Kleopatra Haritou Prosfiyika exhibition

A Palimpsest of Abandonment

Every house looks forlorn when its owners move out, if only because it is scattered with tokens of abandonment. Even the most scrupulous of us picker-uppers will leave behind traces…

Georg Grosz, Lovesick Man, 1916

The Grand Embezzler

Former PASOK Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos was arrested last week on charges of money laundering and tax offenses, including the failure to declare the true value of a €1.8 million mansion…

Drawing from Nina Pappa's exhibition Intermediate Times

Small Talk

I started listening to the city again when I sent my iPhone to get repaired. For some reason the phone suddenly refused to charge itself. As I watched the battery…

Andreas Gursky, May Day V (2006)

Urban Incivility

My friend Nikolas is a modern-day knight-errant of the city. His foes aren’t giants or dragons but boors and yokels, though I don’t think that battling the ill-mannered requires any…

A Residue of Critical Mass

My walk back home from work takes me along an utterly charming street in a rather distressed neighborhood. The gently sloping, narrow street is lined on each side with densely…