Setting The Pace: Pacing the Set

The opening chapter of Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking brings the simple act of walking into the gambit of cogitation.

Moving on foot seems to make it easier to move in time, the mind wanders from plans to recollections to observations. The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it.

And as if she were ringing the changes on the notion of inventio — the finding:

A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was there all along as though thinking were travelling rather than making.

If we retrace the paragraph we hear the consonance between “traversing” and “travelling”. It is all mapped out and yet open to rediscovery.

And so for day 2077

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