A Place to Live When We Are Old*

Hospital, home, hospital, home. For a couple of years, my grandfather went back and forth between these two places. Except this one time. The doctors told him that he could leave the hospital. But home wasn’t possible; my grandmother couldn’t provide the care my grandfather needed. So he checked into a seniors’ home. Here he…

Crossing Border

The American border is intrusive, aggressive, destabilizing. The American border x-rays bags, dusts hands, searches bodies. With a hostile disposition and banal questions, border guards attempt to identify sketchy and suspicious travellers, those most likely to be boxed as potential or actual terrorists, I suppose. Last month, I crossed the American border in Montréal–Trudeau International…

Where the Wild Things Are

Particular cities seem extraordinarily sensitive to domesticated dogs as companions and pets. In these cities (think of Toronto or San Francisco), domesticated dogs have access to spas, day cares, and therapists; pet-inclusive evacuation legislation; and public transportation rides without a cage or leash. Other cities, such as Istanbul and Sofia, are attuned to another reality:…

Guidebooks: More Yellow Pages?

When did guidebooks become Yellow Pages? Collections of listing and camouflaged advertisements? Mere categorizations of places where you can spend money to fulfill an action: restaurants/eat, shops/shop, museums/appreciate, hotels/sleep? You will tell me that paragraphs and pages on history, culture, and society preface the listings. You will tell me that guidebooks list museums with cheap…