[NetBehaviour] BOOK EVENT/TALK ‘The Art of Wandering’ with Merlin Coverley (UK)

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Wed Sep 12 12:53:29 CEST 2012

BOOK EVENT/TALK ‘The Art of Wandering’ with Merlin Coverley (UK)

At Housmans - Radical Book Sellers since 1945.
6.30pm, Saturday 15th September

Merlin Coverley will discuss the relationship between writing and 
walking, as explored in his latest book on the subject.

Merlin Coverley’s new book ‘The Art of Wandering’ is a history of that 
curious hybrid, the writer as walker. From the peripatetic philosophers 
of Ancient Greece to the streets of twenty-first century London, Paris 
and New York, this figure has evolved through the centuries, the 
philosopher and the Romantic giving way to the experimentalist and 
radical. From pilgrim to pedestrian, flâneur to stalker, the names may 
change but the activity of walking remains constant, creating a literary 
tradition encompassing philosophy and poetry, the novel and the 
manifesto; a tradition which this book explores in detail.

Today, as the figure of the wanderer returns to the forefront of the 
public imagination, writers and walkers from around the world are 
re-engaging with the ideas which animated earlier generations. For the 
walker is once again on the march, mapping new territory and recording 
new visions of the landscape.

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