Mythogeography: A Guide to Walking Sideways Paperback – 26 Jan 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
It should be central to any library - placed between the Bible and the Book of Sodom.
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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."