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Notes by Alan Dix on "Wanderlust"

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Wanderlust

see also -- from An Altar in the World, p61 - Augustine of Hippo "Solvitare Ambulando" - "It is solved by walking"

Notes

p.5

"thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented culture" … "It's best done by disguising it …"

p.5

walking next to the "unwilled rhythms of the body"

p.10

three miles an hour - the speed of thought

p.14

Rousseau "my mind only works with my legs"

p.14/15

Peripatetic & Aristotelean philosophy

p.15

ideas - "an attachment that requires detachment"

p.24

Kierkegard - "it is the accidental and insignificant things in life which are significant"

p.27

Husserl - distinguishing the world from the body - the latter "what is always here " "it is the body that moves but the world that changes"

p.28

Susan Bordo - "the postmodern body is no body at all"

p.29

Scarry - tools - "extension of the body into the world and thus ways of knowing it"

p.29

"the path is an extension of walking" walking body "traced in the places it has made" "traces of the acting out of imagination and desire" "knowing the world through the body and the body through the world"

p.33

re. children learning to walk - "to chase desires no one will fulfil for them"

p.40

evolutionary theories of bipedalism "peek-a-boo", "trench coat", "all wet", …

p.50

pilgrimage - arriving & travelling both critical

p.51

liminality of walking

p.53

"these people who were out not to earn their own salvation but to support others doing so"

p.64

the Cadillac stations of the cross

p.70

labyrinths

p.72

"the relationship between tale & travel" - aboriginal song lines

p.77

the frieze on the bottom of the page reminds me of the victory friezes on Roman columns - Bayeux Tapestry -- space & time connected by motion

p.81/82

William & Dorothy Wordsworth walking to their new home in the Lakes

p.90

the English garden - more dynamic - multiple viewpoints - made for walking

p.97

Austin & walking - Prode and Prejudice etc.

p.104

Wordsworth made walking "central to his art"

p.109

Thelwall's "Perpatetic"

p.114

Wordsworth's pacing 12 pace walk (in study) - (me) iambic pentameter suited to pacing -- Heaney "almost physiologic relationship of a poet composing and the music of the poem" (c.f. Mithin)

p.116

Coleridge "ceased to write blank verse when he ceased to walk"

p.121

the Romantic idyll of walking and Max Beerbohm fed up with it

p.123

Che Guevara the 'nomadic phase' of the Cuban Revolution

p.124/125

Reagan's walk wit Gorbachov that never was

p.134

climbing is abut climbing, mountaineering is about mountains

p.136

China's firs emperor ascends mountains in chariots c.f. Mabinogion

p.137/138

view of Mt Fuji fragments when ascending like the "face of the beloved blurs or fractures as one draws near for a kiss"

p.146

Snyder "The closer you get to real matter, rock air fire wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is"

p.162

(re 19c trespass movements) ownership chops land like meat into cuts. Walking emphasises paths-cutting across ownership - walking does to private property what nomads do to national boundaries

p.163

walking sews the land together - ownership tears it apart

p.198

"flâneur" - loiterer, a furtherer away of time

p.200

taking turtles for walks in Paris arcades and lobster in the park

p.202

walking in the alleys of Paris before they were mapped

p.213

De Certeau "The Practice of Everyday Life" - "activity is language" "walking is the act of speaking that language"

p.216

media and meditate - the same root (me) what about disinter mediating social "media", which challenges the mediating role of mass media

p.218

Hobsbawm - "the ideal city for riot and insurrection" - mixing port & rich, traversable easily … ?the Internet

p.219

Paris graffiti - "I take my desires for reality, because I believe in the reality of my desires"

p.220

economic context of French revolution - bad harvest, bread shortage & the women's march

p.227

protests in the US at first Gulf War

p.235

17,000-11,000 BC veils for married women, but prostitutes & slaves bareheaded

p.237

shopping "proving they were not for purchase by purchasing"

p.253

encyclopaedias sold as no longer needing to walk to library as instead a mouse click away (let your fingers do the walking!)

p.255

erosion of public space - add to gather to protest in a mall

p.257

the railway "elimination of time and space"

p.259

waiting in the parking lot to buy outdoor equipment

p.259

the shrinking radius if acceptable walking

p.260

the treadmill for punishment now in the gym

p.266

the read mill - travel as time - space has vanished

p.274

the Great Wall of China - built to separate North and South, now used for long distance walks joining East and West (c.f. Paths and Patches my two functions of a line - to separate and to join)