Making Tracks

Robert Mcfarlane’s new book entitled The Old Ways:A Journey on Foot makes an evocative observation on the connection between nature walking and writing noting that the word “write” comes from the phrase “making tracks”: “As the pen rises from the page between words, so the walker’s feet rise and fall between paces, and as the deer continues to run as it bounds from the earth, and the dolphin continues to swim even as it leaps again and again from the sea, so writing and wayfaring are continuous activities, a running stitch, a persistence of the same seam or stream”.

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