Here’s my initial input vis a vis our next book. First, I will express Bonnie’s hope that we can somehow find a great read that relates to walking, but where a walking journey is not the basic narrative. Not an easy task, it seems. I’m intrigued by The Last Great Walk by Wayne Curtis. Not only is it an historical chronicling of a 70-year-old Edward Weston’s 40 mile-a-day across a 1909 America (his goal to revive long distance walks that were the rage of the late 1800’s), but there is an additional theme that stirs me, as an EverWalk founder. The author literally goes back to the era when mankind evolved to walk upright and pursues the natural habit of walking throughout the history of our species. The phrase that got me: “Not walking may be one of the most radical things humans have ever done.” As for Werner Herzog’s “Of Walking in Ice”, I was at first drawn to it because of the location (Munich to Paris) and also to hear this eccentric filmmaker’s voice, his Nosfaratu one of my favorite films. But the reviews indicate an obtuse, sometimes perverse, narrative. And then there’s the similarity to Harold Frye walking to save the life of a dying friend, which we’ve already read. I am open to any and all suggestions but for the moment my vote is for The Last Great Walk.
Posted by Diana Nyad at 2021-05-05 16:03:12 UTC