Pedestrians, December 2020
Thoughts on comfort goods, indulgence and guilt.
3 in English, 3 in Greek.
Arriving at Pangrati around 8pm, I took out a miniature key to open the antique shop. Two of the table lamps and a Glam ‘70s palm tree with LED lighting are kept on throughout the night, so that passers-by take a look – especially on weekends, when they park for the bars nearby. The shop…
What are family photos trying to say? A mix of fact and myth, a source of meaning and personal identity, nobody said memory was reliable. Nobody said you made it up.
For the incompletely cool or the uncool. If you’re completely cool, these words never went together. “The word has no single meaning”, according to Wikipedia, because of its constantly changing connotations and adjectival uses. This is, simply, laziness. We can situate coolness. We just have to try. Cool, as we said, is a matter of…
I have never seen anything more golden than the London Central Mosque’s dome in stormy weather.
The need to ‘know’ is the need to be a ‘good citizen’. The news rests on notions of virtue and responsibility in a way that the consumption of other narratives does not: reading poetry every day won’t make you a good lover, but reading the news will deem you a decent citizen.
Illustration by Masao Saito, 1980.