I finally got around (on the subway, in a bus, waiting for my daughter after preschool, etc) to reading the edited volume A City Imagined. It’s a collection of short essays about Cape Town edited by Stephen Watson. The publisher (and Watson in the introduction) claims that the “… range of voices is wide, the angles of vision many” and that the portrait of the city is “infinitely more various, heterogeneous, complex even in its beauty, than that to be found in the standard treatments of the place.” Apart from the small (sic) matter that 16 of the 18 contributors are white, I found the writing a let down and just another “standard treatment” of the city. That’s with the exception of Jeremy Cronin’s contribution on his youth in Simon’s Town. That’s probably the only thing worth reading. I love Cape Town.