Snow in N4

December 19, 2016

When my grandparents visited London in retirement, they were disappointed to find that the pub off Edgware Road had become a television store. For Henry and me, Edgware Road was a busy Lebanese area of shisha cafes and the best late-night shawarma, blending at its southern end with the posher neighborhoods surrounding Oxford Street. It is sometimes now called Little Beirut, or Little Cairo.

Brussels, Belgium

July 25, 2016

I’m at an arts center in Brussels, waiting to see a movie and trying to look Belgian. Or at least not American. Or at least not like an American who’s here without purpose, floating through this city for a few days because, for the first time in many years, she happens to be in Europe.

Photo courtesy of James Gill

March 30, 2016

The air is rare, the energy dizzying. The mountain seems to have shot out of the earth in one violent explosion.

July 18, 2011