Jan Morris, Hong Kong (1988/1997)

When Jan Morris died this past November, her fellow writer of place Pico Iyer saluted her on Twitter as "the kindest, shrewdest and most indefatigable master portraitist of cities." Most of this portraiture she executed in the form of essays: "The Know-How City," to name just one example, a 1976 Rolling Stone dispatch on Los Angeles from which I've been…

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