Dayton, From Above

Dayton, From Above

I’m standing on the deserted fifth deck of the parking garage at the Dayton Transportation Center. Offset-stacked levels step down toward the tangled intersection at Fifth and St Clair, where Patterson Blvd cuts a winding bias against the downtown grid,…

Big Movie, Small Town

I’ve found the perfect incarnation of the essays I imagined writing and publishing when we started this site: A city, according to its definition, is any settlement of more than 25,000 people. Anything below that is, in an enigmatic tautology,…

The Religious Experience Among Oxford’s Dreaming Spires

The chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford. It’s mid-January—cold, overcast, windy. Sunset, two hours before this 6pm Choral Evensong service, wasn’t a wintry blaze of glory so much as the expiration of a diffuse paleness that hadn’t done much to illuminate…

Pornography of Place

I was nervous about moving to Mississippi, but I came down to visit for a spring weekend. The sun shone perfectly over long highways, the mosquitos rose up in thickets, just like I’d read about in books, and I ate…