“‘Intersubjective zap’ is a sudden, intuitive moment of connectedness. It is a vitalizing moment of energy
(hence `zap’) when the barriers between the self and the other are in some sense suddenly dissolved.
Reflective understanding of another person is not what is meant by the phrase.”—Johan van der Walt
You’ve been known to hold Cleveland in fairly high regard. As a guy who’s traveled quite extensively, what is it about this area that appeals to you?
I love Cleveland. It’s one of my favorite American cities. There’s something very majestic about it: the architecture, the outsized vision of its dreams and builders, and its run-down state. I find that very compelling, a place where I WANT to go. It’s a very quirky place, and if there’s one thing I love, it’s quirkiness.
If you live in Cleveland and love Cleveland, I think you’re a person I’ll get along with. Michael Symon loves his town; Harvey Pekar is like a patron saint. On its surface, it has so many problems, but it still strives. When I visited, the chamber of commerce types wanted to whisk me right down to the shiny new sites, and I hate that [stuff] — the new restaurant district or the Rock and Roll Hall. I’d rather see the Old World butchers, the sausage makers, the West Side Market and the old neighborhoods, the industrial side. It’s a great city. I’ve always felt very welcome, and I always feel at home there.
Exhibition Road in London—a half-mile strip in the city’s cultural heart that draws 11 million visitors each year to its numerous museums and cultural institutions—will reopen next month without clear lane markers or curbs.