Nietzsche had a name for his cancer. He called it Dog. Every time he was in pain, he screamed at the Dog. It is possible that all the dogs in Britain are pain dogs. Migraine dog, Depression dog, Backache dog, Loss Dog. The dog is called back, scolded, cajoled, kept a watchful eye on. The dog is groomed, manicured, whipped, fed, stroked. Pain is man’s best friend.

City A-Z is a unique compendium of specially commissioned pieces of writing, with contributions from many of the leading names in urban culture, geography, and sociology.

Edited by Nigel Thrift and Steve Pile.

Published by Routledge, 2000.

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