Culture is fluid. It moves in all directions. While it might be what defines a country or group of people, but in the world of globalization, that’s constantly changing too.
As a travel writer, I traveled the world with the obscure goal of experiencing as much of the world as I possibly could, something that might have been culture. I’m a good traveler, and have a knack for adapting and feeling at home anywhere.
But the definition of culture is so slippery it slips out of my hand as soon as I think I have it.
A reader at the newspaper once wrote an angry letter because I wrote about culture on the desert. It’s different here, I wrote. We have the culture of wind and coyote, not what you find in the cities. The letter writer accused me of elitism. How dare you say we don’t have culture, she wrote. Look at all the theater and music we have for a small town.
It’s not what I said. If culture defines a place, what defines the desert? What is culture and how does it really define a place?