Category: Solnit


Sometimes I do not understand my own preoccupation with neatness, when there clearly is so much beauty to be found in untidiness   Engøy (0,1 km2, 424 inhab) Stavanger, 24. april 2014  

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What’s your story?

  … It’s all in the telling. Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice. To love someone…

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Welcome to The Faraway Nearby

  Writers are solitaries by vocation and necessity. I sometimes think the test is not so much talent, which is not as rare as people think, but purpose or vocation, which manifests in part as the ability to endure a lot of solitude and keep working. – Rebecca Solnit: The Faraway Nearby (forthcoming)  * Colla Melosa, Italy,…

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Going Wild – a collective list

   Between the laundry and the fetching kids from school, that’s how birds enter my life. I listen. K. Jamie * * * RECOMMENDED READING Annie Dillard: EVERYTHING Rebecca Solnit: A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Wanderlust W. G. Sebald: The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz, Campo Santo Alice Oswald: Dart Kathleen Jamie: Findings J.A.…

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Get Lost!

Lately, Nature Writing has become a favorite genre of mine. Having studied literature for many years, I’m not really sure why or how I ended up here? I just know that I have so much more yet discover – which is a fantastic feeling in itself! For as long as people have been writing, they…

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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…

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Urban Ruins

I do love the grand European cities; Rome, Paris, Vienna, and Barcelona. The old centers of knowledge like; Heidelberg, Oxford, Edinburgh… Museums, churches and parks … cultivated interiors and exteriors  But then there are all these messy in-between-areas. Forgotten by the urban planners. Places which contains a kind of magical and frightening charm… like the…

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