Wanderlust: A History of Walking | Angel Ceballos — Designer / New York Photographer
Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit
May 23, 2013 • Rebecca Solnit

Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Highlights: “Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go”

“Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.”

“The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.”

“Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking: one does not have to go into the bakery or the fortune-teller’s, only to know that one might. A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.”

Finished reading: May 2013

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