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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Triarchy Press; 1st edition (26 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956263135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956263131
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Phil Smith, the CrabMan, is an academic, writer and performer who, for 20 years, has worked mainly as a playwright in experimental, physical, community and music theatres. Over 100 of his plays have been professionally produced. Since 1980 he has been the dramaturg at TNT Theatre, Munich. Since 1998, as part of the Wrights & Sites group, he has also worked on site-based and walking-related performance, and subverted forms of the guided tour. The idea of "mythogeography" arose within the work of Wrights & Sites to describe their efforts to free heritage and touristic sites from monolithic identities. Phil has numerous other collaborative projects under way: a 2-year research and performance project on one city street; a week-long, geology-oriented walking/performing project; making three films with filmmaker Siobhan McKeown. Finally, he is conducting 3 years' funded research at Plymouth University.


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I'm not sure how a review can do this wondrous compendium justice. It animates the world with meaning; not the fake cliched meaning of the heritage industry, but the realities, often uncomfortable, that create and conjoin the structures around us. It ranges from the radical geography of Doreen Massey, to the superb storytelling of Crab Man; it can refer to the urban paranoia of anonymous 1980s writers, and the oak tree wanderings of an acorn planting engineer in 1910. I haven't started at the beginning and read to the end, I've dipped in and come out with something new every time - something that further enhances my view of my surroundings, and develops my critical faculties. And yet - the book isn't a collection of bits, it is a cohesive whole, with a consistant philosophy and outlook. Perhaps, as suggested by the cover, it is a tool box as much as a book.
It should be central to any library - placed between the Bible and the Book of Sodom.
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A complex read full of interest and puzzlement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to order it 10 Mar. 2010
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Here's what Kirsty from [...] said:

The Lovely [edition] arrived yesterday. I'm loving it!

Sadly I can't just sit reading all day so am having to keep popping back to it. It's delicious. It's like sucking a sweetie. You savour it and the taste stays in your mouth even when you're not reading. ( I am usually a sweetie cruncher but Walking Sideways needs much more respect.) So exciting to enter this wonderfully anarchic world.

I am no writer so I am marveling at it ...and I have only dipped my toe into the book so far...But Walking Sideways is brainy stuff and requires concentration. Not that that helps. So maybe a bag of boiled sweeties to go with it. ( I am Scottish so Sweeties are necessary)."

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"The fragmentary and slippery format recognises the disparate, loosely interwoven and rapidly evolving uses of walking today: as performance, as exploration, as urban resistance, as activism, as an ambulatory practice of geography, as meditation, as post-tourism, as dissident mapping, as subversion of and rejoicing in the everyday. `Mythogeography' celebrates that interweaving, its contradictions and complementarities, and is an attempt at a handbook for those who want to be part of it."
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