Category Archives: Italy

Roman Holidaydream

She doesn’t notice the fat man in the red polo shirt standing beneath the umbrella. He’s dropped his keys on the ground, but he hasn’t noticed. He’s staring at her, remembering the model in the Gucci poster he passed two blocks back, trying to recall if she’s the girl. If she is, she’s far prettierContinue Reading

How Tourism Works

From “I’ve been to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s a tower, and it’s leaning. You look at it, but nothing happens, so then you look for some place to have a sandwich.” —Danny DeVito, “What I’ve Learned,” Esquire, Jan. 2011Continue Reading

Expert Witnesses

Ismail: “Look at all the people in Chefchaouen; they’re all happy, no cars, no problems…” Me: “Ismail, we were only in the city for two hours. It’s a little too early to judge them. Let’s wait until we get back home and talk to people who’ve never been to Morocco. Then we can be expertsContinue Reading