Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.
If we attempt to fix a logic for the travel souvenir, I believe the following generalization might hold: the souvenir reduces the grand, the magnificent, and the beautiful to the size of the tourist…The Eiffel Tower thus becomes a matching set of salt and pepper shakers…The souvenir is, very plainly, the familiarization of the unfamiliar.
–David Lovekin. Essay: Degenerate Travel.
(Dr. Lovekin is a personal hero and mentor of mine. He has very literally changed my view, encouraged my curiosity, and inspired my quest to ask questions.)