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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    The Lost Art of Walking
     
    It's come to me from a couple of sources today: a review in The Economist of Geoff Nicholson's The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism. Which looks good. Nicholson talks up the word flâner which, he writes, is “a truly wonderful word…it can mean to stroll, but it can also mean the act of simply hanging around.” And he wittily pops a few bubbles around some of the more pretentious walking literature (Michel de Certeau, who writes that walking “is a process of appropriation of the topographical system…a special acting-out of the place…it implies relations among differentiated positions”, psychogeography which is like "modern literary criticism applied to the layout of car parks"). Walking is a bit of a lost art to me at the moment, wimpishly fleeced and puffa'd behind a steering wheel trying to keep contact with the damp, diseased atmosphere to a minimum till the flu effects subside. Probably do me more good to get out on foot again. Tomorrow maybe.