Category: The City and the Writer

July, 2014

The City and the Writer: In Santa Cruz with Micah Perks

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Santa Cruz as you feel/see it? Santa Cruz…...

November, 2012

The City and the Writer: In New York City with Camille Rankine

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Special City Series / New York City 2012 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of New York…...

July, 2012

The City and the Writer: In Santiago de Chile with Idra Novey

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                                        …...

April, 2012

The City and the Writer: In London with Hisham Matar

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Special City Series / London   If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...

March, 2012

The City and the Writer: In Florence with Elisa Biagini

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                    …...

February, 2012

The City and the Writer: In Minsk with Valzhyna Mort

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Minsk as you feel/see it? Minsk is not a city of moods.…...

December, 2011

The City and the Writer: In London with Esther Freud

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Special City Series/London If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...

The City and the Writer: In Kabul with Bashir Sakharwaz

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   Can you describe the mood of Kabul as you feel/see it? Kabul…...

November, 2011

The City and the Writer: In Dubai with Nujoom Al-Ghanim

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Dubai as you feel/see it? Today, Dubai is a very busy…...

September, 2011

The City and the Writer: In Portland with Flávia Rocha

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                                      …...

June, 2011

The City and the Writer: In Athens with Dimitris Athinakis

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                                                              …...

April, 2011

The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Niels Hav

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                               —Italo…...

March, 2011

The City and the Writer: In Brooklyn with Tina Chang

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Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                    …...

The City and the Writer: In Manhattan with Lorraine Adams

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Special City Series/New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   1. Can you describe the mood of Manhattan…...

The City and the Writer: In Staten Island with Vasyl Makhno

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Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities   1. Can you describe the mood of Staten…...

February, 2011

The City and the Writer Introduces Specials

The idea of adding a Specials component to The City and the Writer came while I was in Berlin this past winter 2010. Some cities seduce and intrigue so profoundly that you can’t refrain from wanting more. To touch its mysteries, get lost in its stories, architecture, and forgotten corners. I wanted…...

The City and the Writer: In the Bronx with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

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Part of the Special City Series / New York City 2011 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities 1.  Can you describe the…...

The City and the Writer: In Washington, D.C. with E. Ethelbert Miller

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...

January, 2011

The City and the Writer: In Damascus with Abed Ismael

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                       …...

December, 2010

The City and the Writer: In Los Angeles with Dorothy Barresi

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...

November, 2010

The City and the Writer: In London with Owen Hatherley

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Special City Series/London If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                      …...

October, 2010

The City and the Writer: In Bogotá with Gonzalo Márquez Cristo

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Bogotá as you feel/see it? I have always believed…...

September, 2010

The City and the Writer: In Antwerp with Ramsey Nasr

  If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...

New Blog Series: Nathalie Handal’s “The City and the Writer”

I have a passion for cities, their irresistible unrest, the way they make you feel unsettled yet welcomed. I also have a passion for books. And, as we all know, the two go hand-in-hand. It's hard not to think of Prague when one mentions Milan Kundera. Just as it's difficult when one mentions…...

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