Strangers and Cities
In Zygmunt Baumann’s words:
The meeting of strangers [in a city] is an event without a past. More often than not, it is also an event without a future (it is expected to be, hoped to be, free of a future), a story most certainly ‘not to be continued’, a one-off chance, to be consumated in full while it lasts and on the spot, without delay.
Like the spider whose entire world is enclosed in the web it spins out of its own abdomen, the sole support which strangers-in-meeting may count on must be woven from the thin and loose yarn of their looks, words and gestures.