Last weeks visit to Jeanette Winterson’s pages made me very curious about the new Woolf editions from Vintage. Since The Waves is the best novel ever written, and since I’m in the middle of re-reading Mrs Dalloway just now, I found no reason not to add these two new editions to my collection…

The third book in the picture is: Psychogeography by Merlin Coverley.

Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals”.

I really don’t know a thing about the concept of psychogeography, but I read and enjoyed several works which could be labeled ‘nature writing’ last year (Dillard, Solnit, Thoreau), so therefore I imagine psychogeography could be of some interest too.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Anthony says:

    Good luck with Coverley’s book; compelling but quite the dullest book that I read on psychogeography. I’ll be interested on your opinion. Do you know Iain Sinclair’s work? He’s worth reading?

  2. Anthony says:

    Apologies but that last punctuation mark should be a full- stop. Incidentally, if you enjoy nature writers, my favourite is the sadly dead Roger Deakin. I pulled together a list a while ago:

    1. Sigrun says:

      Great, I absolutely prefer it not to be a question, because I don’t know Sinclair at all!
      I have never read any of Roger Deakin either, I have heard of “Waterlog”, but strangely I have imagined that this was a book one would have to be British – or know Britain very well – to enjoy … ?

      Thank you for sharing the ‘Natural History’ list! Is it ranked according to preference or randomly?

      1. Anthony says:

        No need to be British to enjoy Waterlog; it is enchanting. There isn’t a ranking to the list, purely random.

  3. Angela says:

    Love those Woolf covers! They’re gorgeous! I am short a few volumes and may need to plan to purchase some of these new editions. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I am new to the term psychogeography, but I love the possibilities. Hunting around on the web after reading your post, I found this fellow who is doing interesting things with maps, including a project with teenagers that involved psychogeographic maps.

    1. Sigrun says:

      THANK YOU!
      I’m unfamiliar with psychogeography too – hope to find out what it is … and what it can help us see & understand.

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