[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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