I read a book a while ago called “Wanderlust: a history of walking” by Rebecca Solnit. I was pretty eager to read this book, as it promised a history of walking right there on the cover. The history of walking I have gleaned up until now has mostly been about footraces and some sidewalks. This book, alas, had an entire chapter on philosophers and their role in walking aimlessly, a handful of writers in England and Paris, and the revelation that women could not walk safely outside after dark through much of recorded history. This was pretty thin gruel to my eye, accustomed to hunting for facts, events, and sweet sweet numbers as I have become.
It was about at the close of the book that I realized Continue reading