07 Jul 2020 | Reading and Walking

Walking to a Wasteland

(photograph courtesy of Google Streetview; I forgot my camera this afternoon) I’m taking a writing course this week through the Sage Hill Writing Experience. Every day we are given things to read and exercises to do. Today’s exercise was to read Erica Violet Lee’s “In Defence of the Wastelands: A Survival Guide,” and then to […]

04 Jul 2020 | LucyFurLeaps

Verse Aid : Poems for the Earth

Back in January I was honoured to be invited by Poets for the Planet to run two workshops at their launch event at the Society Of Authors in London. “Poets for the Planet is a community of kindred poets, performers, artists and creative activists raising their voices to engage with climate and ecological emergency through … Continue reading Verse Aid : Poems for the Earth →

05 May 2020 | Reading and Walking

George Macaulay Trevelyan, “Walking”

(George Macaulay Trevelyan as photographed by George Charles Beresford in 1926) British historian George Macaulay Trevelyan’s long essay “Walking” was published in the collection Clio, A Muse and Other Essays Literary and Pedestrian in 1913. Clio, A Muse must have been a popular book; it was in its third impression within the year. I’ve heard […]

03 May 2020 | Reading and Walking

Leslie Stephen, “In Praise of Walking”

—Portrait of Sir Leslie Stephen by George Frederic Watts, 1878 Sir Leslie Stephen’s essay “In Praise of Walking” was published in his four-volume collection of essays, Studies of a Biographer, which first appeared between 1898 and 1902. I found it on the Internet; I would rather have read a print edition, but the university library […]

16 Apr 2020 | Reading and Walking

Walking from Pamplona to Logroño

My friends and I are walking virtually through northern Spain. We’re hoping to get to Logroño (I think that’s where we’re headed) by Monday. I think we can do it, but I’m going to have to get walking if I don’t want to get stuck taking a virtual bus to catch up. Here are some […]

18 Mar 2020 | Reading and Walking

Some Things to Read While Self-Isolating

A lot of us are stuck at home right now–or at least don’t feel comfortable going out, particularly those of us living in cities with icy sidewalks, as I do. What are walkers supposed to do? Well, we can at least read about walking. Here is a lovely short essay on walking as an art practice […]

24 Jan 2020 | Reading and Walking

126. John Borrows, Canada’s Indigenous Constitution

A brief unscheduled pause: perhaps a respite, or an opportunity? The latter, I hope: I’m waiting for the questions I’m going to be asked on my comprehensive examinations to be formulated, and while I thought I was finished with my reading, I’ve decided to use this time to carry on, addressing one of the absences […]

03 Jan 2020 | Reading and Walking

125. Zoe Todd, “An Indigenous Feminist’s Take On The Ontological Turn: ‘Ontology’ Is Just Another Word For Colonialism”

I ran across a reference to Métis anthropologist Zoe Todd’s essay “An Indigenous Feminist’s Take On The Ontological Turn: ‘Ontology’ Is Just Another Word For Colonialism” in Stephanie Springgay’s and Sarah E. Truman’s Walking Methodologies in a More-than-Human World: Walking Lab. Their summary of her argument states that Todd, “like other Indigenous scholars, insist[s] that […]

27 Dec 2019 | Reading and Walking

120. Rachel Adams, ed., Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys, 1967-2017

Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys, 1967-2017 is a big catalogue—no expense was spared in its publication, although it wasn’t copyedited very well—that documents a 50-year-survey exhibition on the theme of exploration “and how artists engage this theme in various ways including walking, performative actions, land use, endurance, and the consideration of public space” (4) that was […]

19 Dec 2019 | Reading and Walking

119. Ben Anderson, “Preemption, Precaution, Preparedness: Anticipatory Action and Future Geographies”

I wanted to read Ben Anderson’s “Preemption, Precaution, Preparedness: Anticipatory Action and Future Geographies” because I discovered that the definition of futurity that Eve Tuck and Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández take from Andrew Baldwin’s “Whiteness and Futurity: Towards a Research Agenda” is actually a quotation from Anderson’s essay. Baldwin’s essay is important, but if I’m going […]