I am a great lover of places. I suspect that most people are selfish and that most movies will suck, but I have an oddly limitless optimism for places. (It was this realization that led me into travel writing, after trying to write about other things, like art and fashion). The place in which I happen to be is almost always the most interesting place to me. This is true even when that place turns out to be objectively terrible from a travel perspective.