What I’ve Been Reading Lately
February 18, 2013
“In this book, I am looking for what I miss, every day, right in front of me, while walking around the block.”
– Alexandra Horowitz, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes
“What an epiphany to reconceive a city . . .”
I really like the idea of this book. In it, Alexandra Horowitz takes short urban walks with eleven “experts” in various fields, and as they share what it is like to notice things through their eyes, Horowitz herself begins to see with new-found vision and understanding. The eleven walking companions are: a 19-month-old toddler, a geologist, a typographer, the illustrator and writer Maira Kalman, a field naturalist and insect expert, a wildlife biologist, an analyst of pedestrian movement, a medical doctor, a blind woman, a sound engineer, and a dog.
I was hoping one of her experts would have been a horticulturist or botanist, because it is most likely plants that I attend to on the walks in my neighborhood. It would have been instructive to compare notes.
I know one thing. This book will prompt you to go out for a walk around the block in your neighborhood. Here are a few photos of a late winter walk through my eyes and camera lens: