(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 […]
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 →
I ran across a mention of Avril Bell’s Relating Indigenous and Settler Identities in a call for papers that referred to the term “settler imaginary,” and I was surprised that I hadn’t encountered the book in any of the reading I did for my comprehensive exams. So—since libraries are closed because of the pandemic—I ordered […]
I bought this book when it came out eleven years ago—I know that’s true, because my copy is a hardcover edition—but I haven’t read it until now, perhaps because I was afraid of what I’d learn. It’s an important book—I can see the way it is going to influence my current research—and it’s a good […]
When the pandemic began, I began finding it difficult to finish books. I would start reading something and then get distracted and put it aside. I just didn’t have the concentration to read anything longer than an article in The Guardian or The New Yorker. It was surprising, and worrying, and I suddenly found myself wondering if […]
(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 […]
—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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This morning, host Matt Galloway interviewed walker, writer, and philosopher Erling Kagge on CBC Radio’s “The Current.” If you’re interested, follow this link. You might also be interested in my summary of one of Kagge’s b...
My latest publication is now online, a discussion of place and space in walking pilgrimages, which just appeared in the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. I’m happy to see it. Thanks to the editors, who worked hard all wee...
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 […]
This morning, CBC Radio’s “The Sunday Edition” broadcast this repeat of a 2013 program on walking. It’s worth a listen.
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 […]
I read Fiona Wilkie’s book, Performance, Transport, and Mobility: Making Passage, during my MFA, but I don’t remember it. That’s what happens when you read a bunch of books quickly, without taking good notes—at least, that’s what happens to me. I remember reading the book. It came by interlibrary loan; I remember the yellow paper […]
Nancy Blomberg’s edited collection Action and Agency: Advancing the Dialogue on Native Performance Art is another book lent to me by my supervisor, and therefore, of course, something I need to read. It’s an anthology of essays from a symposium held at the Denver Art Museum in 2008; the contributors are experts on performance art […]
Writer and naturalist Trevor Herriot lent me his copy of Linda Hogan’s Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World, a book of essays, and as I get close to the end of this project—or, at least, this phase of it—I thought I would turn to it, finally. Hogan is Chickasaw, and I wonder whether […]
I first heard about philosopher of science Bruno Latour at the Walking’s New Movements conference in Plymouth, England, where I gave a paper at the beginning of November. I thought I might read his book Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime eventually, but a friend raves about this book and tells me […]
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 […]
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 […]