Paperback ~ List Price: £15.00 ~ 228 pages
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The paperback, ePub & Kindle editions will be available in September 2016.
Inside every pedestrian is an asymmetrical spacecraft waiting for ignition
What makes a pedestrian? Are we all already pedestrians? Are we all potentially pedestrians, even when we have lost the capacity to walk? If I identify as a motorist, am I denying my pedestrian?
Do I inhabit the persona of a pedestrian? Or does a pedestrian homunculus inhabit me?
What does it take - what act of imagination or inspiration, what input or information - to trigger or ignite my artist pedestrian... my artisan pedestrian... my animal pedestrian... my analogue pedestrian? And what kind of second-stage fuel injection does it require then to ignite the spacecraft inside my pedestrian?
Phil Smith is one of those rare ambulants who consistently finds his pedestrian self's inner spacecraft is fully ignited. Here in his latest book, he glances at these questions and considers how we can bring walking into the 21st century - turning it from the earth-bound hobby of well-wicked and gussetted rambling folk into the spatial/spacial extravaganza that it can be.
Inside every pedestrian is a book for anyone who's ever thought that walking is rather like 19th-century peasant cooking - in need of new ingredients, culinary flair and gustatory imagination.