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There seem to be an increasing number of fictional women flaneurs who might, or might not be of interest to [community profile] flaneurs.

The most recent I've encountered was in the novel Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk, by Kathleen Rooney, 2017, in which the elderly* New Yorker Ms Boxfish is a fictionalised version of real life 1930s advertising woman Margaret Fishback. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk on goodreads (currently 3.86/5) and also my review with quotes (3/5).

Any other urban walking books of note?

* "elderly" = a compliment in cultures which respect older people.
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I saw and can recommend the film Paterson, by Jim Jarmusch, which is a loving tribute to the art in everyday city life as found through walking, public transport, sitting and being with the city and its inhabitants (and also through home decor, popular music, and baking), and is highly relevant to flaneurs' interests.

Rotten Tomatoes is currently rating it at critics 95% positive and audience 78% liked:

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You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, edited by Katherine Harmon. This book contains many reproductions of idiosyncratic maps, although the details in some are frustratingly small. It also includes seven texts, mostly essays, on the theme of personal geographies. Recommended.

Extract from the essay "I, Mercator" by Stephen S. Hall:

That was my first taste of orienteering – crashing through a landscape without paths, provisioned only with vague bearings and a distant destination. "Orienteering" is such an odd but impressive word that it has always stuck with me, and in fact moves me to propose a related concept to describe a process somewhat like orienteering but more personal, more historical, more associative, more metaphorical, perhaps more spiritual: "orientating," or crashing through the larger landscapes of memory and experience and knowledge, trying to get a fix on where we are in a multitude of landscapes that together compose the grander scheme of things. Orientating begins with geography, but it reflects a need of the conscious, self-aware organism for a kind of transcendent orientation that asks not just where am I, but where do I fit into this landscape? Where have I been? Where shall I go, and what values shall I pack for the trip? What culture of knowledge allows me to know what I know, which is often another way of knowing where I am? And what pattern, what grid of wisdom, can impose on my accumulated, idiosyncratic geographies? The coordinates marking this territory are unique to each individual and lend themselves to a very private kind of cartography.
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The Pocket Scavenger is a book by Keri Smith. I imagine there’s probably also an app for smart phones &c. This book contains, amongst other ideas, a list of objects often discarded in urban environments (and therefore potentially free) that one is encouraged to "scavenge" and then repurpose by using a complimentary list of random alterations.

This book is for people who like prompts for exploring their world, people who like keeping art journals, and people who embrace random influences.

This book is probably not for people who dislike experiences guided by arbitrary parameters, completists who’re subjugated by a list until they’ve ticked every box, or people who think objects found on the streets are untouchable.

There’s a full report of my first use of the book at my journal. Enjoy!
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As we've recently been discussing lines, I thought [community profile] flaneurs within reach of London might be interested in this: One-dimensional maps: why an old form of mapmaking deserves a revival. Monday 3 June, 7:30pm, Swedenborg Hall, London, UK.

I've seen a previous talk by this speaker, and would thoroughly recommend it.

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A player of SF0, whose character is known as Sam Archer, has designed a Fluxx-inspired card game for walkers who enjoy constraints on their derive(s).

ETA, thanks to [personal profile] squirmelia!

Links for another Drift Deck:

Projectpage: http://nearfuturelaboratory.com/projects/drift-deck/

Photo set via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/julianbleecker/2818526576/
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Birmingham's parks and garden department, who won a gold medal at Chelsea this year for a garden including wicker sculptures, have created a sculpture trail in 23 sites around central Brum to celebrate Olympic sportspeople. There's a map on the display boards by each sculpture and also available from Tourist Information at Birmingham Central Library. I first encountered a paralympian tennis player, in her wheelchair, prominently displayed in St Paul's Square (especially celebrating Jordanne Whiley who is from the West Midlands). I also saw Usain Bolt looking awesome outside the Council House, and a paralympian blade-runner outside Snow Hill Station. Apparently there's also a woman weightlifter somewhere. The photos with the BBC article don't do the sculptures justice imo (to me the wicker is very suggestive of muscle in anatomical diagrams).

P.S. [Insert Wicker Man joke of your choice here.]
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This may be relevant to our interests:

Walk The Lines by Mark Mason

It's an account of walking the entire London Underground, overground. There's an interview with the author here, and he has a Twitter feed of comments overhead on the Tube and things he didn't know before writing the book.
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Londoners who are trying to complete June's challenges may find this web tool useful: Bus Mapper. Just click on your start and end points on the map, and it'll give you multiple bus routes you can take between them.


May. 11th, 2011 12:27 pm
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I like to read books about psychogeography, experimental travel, etc. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Books I have read include:

Guide books:
The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel.
A Mis-Guide to Anywhere.
Mundane Journeys - Field guide to color - Kate Procrass. (For San Francisco).

Travel Journal:
I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded - Kate Pocrass.

London Orbital - Iain Sinclair.
Psychogeography - Will Self.


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