Like the scene in romantic movies where two lovers see each other from across a crowded room and begin running towards one another, culturally the US seems to be rushing towards China as fast as China is rushing towards the US.
A up-close account of a city—and a world—at a thrilling and confounding moment in history, in which nothing can be counted as stable, from the sidewalk underfoot to Western assumptions about democracy and progress.
Six months of Global Prowling concludes in Greece, passing through pre-riotous Athens and making a final stop in Melbourne for the International Jazz Festival where Sonny Rollins teaches the Golden Rule.
In its most recent transformation, Bucharest is striving to become a regular European capital, with office jobs, historical buildings, monuments, hipsters, and an art scene: it's a new world squeezing into old spaces.
Perhaps more than any other world city, Istanbul transforms with the seasons. In this kaleidoscopic city, thriving and chaotic, cosmopolitan with entrenched provincial colour, you sometimes feel like you’re at the centre of the world.
Each summer they descend upon London en masse. Who are these cinematic tourists, and why do they travel thousands of miles to see where real or fictitious people enacted the stories that captured fans’ imagination?
Under springtime sun the city of Tbilisi is as delightful as an Italian renaissance town, but when the clouds are black it's a decayed Oriental-Soviet underworld stinking of cold mud and acrid cigarette smoke.
While prowling the globe for artist-friendly cities, your correspondent finds himself the only vegan at a Madrid bullfight, hunting for Stolchlickoff vodka in the streets of Barcelona, and getting fleeced in Paris.