Will Self

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Psychogeography is the newest work from English writer Will Self. It’s basically about walking, but not about pleasant strolls through the woods. His walks take him to overlooked and hazardous places –- airports are a favorite destination. He has walked from O’Hare all the way into downtown Chicago, some 18 miles. Studio 360’s Pejk Malinovski met him at LaGuardia Airport for a walk toward Manhattan.

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Pejk Malinovski

Comments [7]

AW from beautiful Carteret New Jersey

I would like to jump on the Huh? thread of comments. While Mr. point was certainly a valid one, It seems to me an odd airport and city in general to try to make it. New York is one of the walkinest cities in the world. Every street is bordered with sidewalks and every major bridge has a pedestrian walk. I have personally at one time or another walked in or out of 4 of the 5 boroughs and i once made the walk from Laguardia to Astoria, simply because i had more time than money. Its one of the great things about living in new york is its possible to crisscross it on foot. In the spring you leave a little early and walk to a further train, its part of what connects us all. Where else does everyone own a laundry cart. Where i live now in suburban NJ walking is almost impossible, the distances alone make it impractical and side walks are the exception not the rule. If he wants an act of rebellion against the infrastructure he should try to walk from Newark airport to .... any where.

Dec. 11 2007 12:14 PM
Jenny Lawton from Studio 360

To answer Julian's question: surprisingly enough, Will didn't have any luggage with him -- just a digital camera and the map of Queens he and Pejk picked up along the way. Talk about traveling light...

Dec. 10 2007 04:53 PM
dada max from Dessau

psychogeography is reality.
it is not art, not an excuse for romanticizing our modern cities and not an insurgency against the contemporary world.

psychogeography is ever present in the practice of everyday life.

i hope that will selfs book will not be an instigator for travel agencies. you will be soon reading the ads of psychogeographical tours in NEW YORK 1000$.

i bet a lot of naive tourists will be paying loads of money to do things that they can do for free.

Dec. 10 2007 08:20 AM
sean from los angeles

sounds like he might just need a map.
exit to ditmars blvd, stop for greek food,left on astoria blvd, stop for a beer or three at the beer garden, continue to queensboro plaza, take a good photo from the bridge and you're in manhattan pleasantly.(and w/o jumping any fences)
Steinway Massive Represent!

Dec. 10 2007 02:29 AM
Julian Bleecker from Venice Beach

I appreciate a literary titan taking up a passion for a practice that has been explored and enjoyed by self-proclaimed amateur and academic psychogeographers world-wide.

http://www.google.com/search?q=psychogeography

I'm looking forward to reading the book and contrasting his insights with those of the great, canonical urban flaneurs — The Situationists — who, before Self, luxuriated in their privilege by walking and exploring and contemplating. DuBord called it Psychogeography, too.

While Self is in NYC he should visit your local center for the study of psychogeography

http://www.glowlab.com/

Hey. What did he do with his luggage, anyway?

Dec. 09 2007 09:25 PM
Carl Aldrich from Brooklyn

Walking is a luxury in a world that demands the utmost of our time. I couldn't agree with Mr. Self more about its benefits -- especially in a city like New York, where the subway separates people physically and mentally from what exists between work and home or here and there. Something is relaxing about knowing what lies above and between.

Dec. 08 2007 11:57 AM
Richard Weiss

Walking from the airport seems a perfect opportunity for this flaneur to express his intellectual snobbery. The suburbs, he expounds to your literally breathless reporter, are the home of the dead (in the cemetery) and the not-quite-so-dead (I'm sure he put it more artfully). Really? Has "Psychogeography" ever been taken up by either psychologists or geographers, or has it always been merely a pretention of literary intellectuals?

Dec. 08 2007 08:29 AM

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