Paul Theroux on towns and cities

How people live in market towns in the bush [in Africa] is how people once lived in Europe – congregating to flirt, to sell their wares and show off their animals, to dazzle onlookers, to make music, to find a wife or husband.


[On Capetown] I thought then, and I still believe, that the only way to understand a city is to see its periphery, because that’s where the workers generally live, the people who are employed to maintain it.

– Paul Theroux, Last train to Zona Verde, 2013.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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