As I'm reading Kim Gordon's new book 'Girl in a Band' I am struck by her description of California:
"... California is a place of death, a place people are drawn to because they don't realize deep down they're actually afraid of what they want. It's new and their escaping their histories while at the same time moving headlong toward their own extinctions." [p.15]
But it's interesting to hear how other people describe cities and places that I love and experience in a radically different way. It's a good reminder that we all project our own ideas, fears, hopes and unconscious memories onto things.
For this reason, I like to revisit places and people that made a rough first impression on me. I've changed over the years - and not surprisingly - I often find that they have too.