"So what are the essays in Being Alive actually about? Well, they’re about skills like sawing and kite flying; about Chinese calligraphy, line drawing, Australian aboriginal painting, native Alaskan storytelling, spiders, the art of walking, the art of being in weather … But that isn’t the half of it. These essays are really about becoming. About … Continue reading A meshwork of interwoven lines
In his book ‘The Old Straight Track’ , which is one of the first studies into what are now more often referred to as Ley Lines, Alfred Watkins has a chapter dedicated to Hermes and Hermits. Watkins writes of how the straight tracks (or leys) were used by man since the earliest times as a … Continue reading Hermes and the Heap of Stones, Snakes Among the Hills
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"Leys, dykes, drongs, sarns, snickets bostles, shuts, driftways, lichways, ridings " Macfarlane will have many of his readers dreaming in path-language this summer. Certain images keep glimmering in the dark when I close my eyes: fragments of white china clay scattered as a trail across the bogs of Dartmoor; marker stones on Bodmin guiding … Continue reading The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane: book review by Alexandra Harris