John Wilson – Strolling – A Studying Listing
A listener to the ERB podcast (a fellow hiker) asked me if I could list some of my favorite books about walking. Several readers of my recent Christianity Today review of Mark Buchanan's God Walk: Walking at the Speed of Your Soul (Zondervan) made the same request.
Here is a list of four of my favorites with a little bit about each of the books. And sometime this fall, sir, I will be back with another such list.
Under my feet:
Introduced and edited
by Duncan Minshull.
Notting Hill Editions (distributed by New York Review Books in the United States), 2018.
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Under my feet is one of the best walking anthologies I've ever seen. First of all, the physical book itself is very personable and of a size that you could easily put in a jacket pocket when you left. (Notting Hill Editions is one of my favorite publishers; their list is refreshingly diverse.) Duncan Minshull, who compiled the anthology, has done an excellent job of conveying the wild diversity that attracts readers who not only enjoy walking but also love to read about it. Some of Minshull's selections are as short as a single paragraph. Some are longer excerpts. Many come from well-known writers, but it will indeed be a rare reader who is already familiar with everyone represented here. What a pleasure to find in the same narrow volume a one-sided selection by Thomas De Quincey about the last days of Immanuel Kant (1862) and a longer excerpt from Virginia Woolf's "Street Haunting: A London Adventure" (1930). By the way, this little book would fit perfectly in a Christmas stocking.
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