“The history of ideas is chiefly told to us through books. We therefore forget that the world’s big ideas were also hatched in particular places: Virginia Woolf thought up the idea of a ‘room of her own’ in her study in Sussex (which had a window overlooking a delightful rose garden), Marcel Proust thought up his theories on travel in the Gare du Nord in Paris, Edward Hopper discovered modern loneliness in a particular American diner…”