May 21, 2011


Colin Thubron gave a class on the evocation of place at Somerset House.

Top Tips

  • In travel, leave behind – as far as you can – all prejudice. Shed your own culture.
  • Take full notes as you go. The vitality of description lies in its detail.
  • Don’t be too dutiful. Follow your obsessions.

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Redmond O’HanlonCongo Journey
Pico IyerVideo Night in Katmandu
Jonathan RabanOld Glory